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SHS Model UN takes home six awards from Denver conference

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School Model United Nations team received four first-place and two second-place awards at the University of Denver spring conference for high school students this past weekend.

Twenty-one SHS students joined with 230 other high school students from the Denver metro area and one team from Cody to work on a wide range of issues of international importance.

“All of our students did exceptionally well at this conference,” said Adam Metcalf, faculty sponsor for Model UN. “Given the fact that this was the first conference for some of our students and at most, the fourth conference for others, we were proud of how they represented themselves and SHS.”

Best Delegate awardees (first place) from Security Councils working on the conflicts in Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo were the delegates representing Republic of Korea — Gabe Briggs and Cody Heaps. Garrett Syzmd and Zhenka Zhelinska, delegates representing Luxembourg, also won the Best Delegate honor.

Outstanding Delegate awardees (second place) from the Advance Security Council were Jacob Jahiel and Heather Belus, representing Brazil. The ASC worked on the historic Security Council meeting that dealt with the situation in Yalta before World War II.

Model UN is an international student organization that helps students gain skills in leadership, oratory, research, diplomacy and cooperation. Sheridan’s Model UN has grown from 12 during the last school year to 30 this year. The team has been supporting itself through fundraisers and support from the Social Studies and Activities departments. In addition, Model UN has received community support from the Sheridan Community Education Fund, several individuals and United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church.


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