November 14, 2016
Hilton High School hosts 37th Annual Model United Nations
over 30 school districts from as far away as Syracuse and
Ithaca rolled up to Hilton High School on a Friday afternoon
so 512 students could participate in the 37th Annual
Hilton Model United Nations Conference on Nov. 4-5.
The student-directed event
provides debate opportunities for both new and
experienced high school delegates.
Students chaired 18
different committees based on actual UN committees that
debate proposals, present position papers and vote on
resolutions. Schools select the country/countries they want
to represent and delegates prepare before the conference by
researching that country’s stand on issues and current
problems. Delegates take an active role in committee
representing their country while following parliamentary
In addition to being an opportunity to learn and collaborate
with students from other schools, Model UN raises funds for
charity. Students sell carnations and compete in “Jar Wars”
committee can raise the most money for a charity selected by
the keynote speaker. This year’s recipient of $2,290 is
Accordia Global Health Foundation, an organization dedicated
to establishing, supporting and strengthening African-owned
This year's keynote speaker was Dr. Allan Young, a social
anthropologist with special interest in indigenous systems
of medical beliefs and practices, clinical psychiatry, and
psychiatric science. Dr. Young is a professor in the
Departments of Social Studies of Medicine, Anthropology and
Psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Hilton teacher Annette
Wattie has been involved with the Hilton Model U.N. for the
past 24 years and has served as advisor for the past seven.
"When I started teaching here in Hilton, I didn't even know
what Model U.N. was," she said. "When I peeked in the
classrooms and saw that the students run everything, I
thought I had died and gone to heaven."