Several Fort Hays State University students got experience in organizing and planning a large event while many high school students from across the state learned about how the United Nations functions at the 30th annual Fort Hays State Model UN on Nov. 20.
According to Dr. Josephine Squires, associate professor of political science, 285 students participated in the event, which, she said, was a service learning project.
Squires said she believes that the experience is a worthwhile one for the students of the 20 high schools that participated.
"It's a good opportunity for high school students to become familiar with an international organization and participate in a simulated version of how the real UN works," she said.
Not only is it a good opportunity, she said, but also a necessity.
"It's a necessary experience in today's world. We need to know about how international organizations function, how countries relate with each other and how the international world works."
Squires said that the day included debates over various resolutions, such as health care and war issues, that are real issues in today's society.
FHSU students who helped organize the event are listed below by hometown and classification.
Hays: Intissar Fakir, sophomore; and Jamie Jansonious, senior.
Hutchinson: Melissa Moses, senior.
Lenora: Diane Becker, junior.
Scott City: Candice Palen, senior.
Sublette: Morgan Whitaker, senior.
Tipton: Sarah Smith, senior.
St. Peters, MO: Josh Snider, sophomore.