KOMUN (Kingswood Oxford Model UN for Middle Schools)

On Mar. 21, 2015, more than 160 students from 14 middle schools across CT gathered at KO for the third annual KOMUN (Kingswood Oxford Model UN for Middle Schools).

Representing 27 countries, the students were divided into seven different committees -- three representing the World Health Organization, and four representing the Security Council -- through which they tackled the intractable issues of contagious disease and minority oppression. "If there was any doubt that middle school students are capable of debating sophisticated world issues, KOMUN puts it to rest," said KO History teacher and longtime Model UN advisor Stacey Savin, who founded KOMUN in March 2013. It is believed to be the only Model UN conference for middle school students in Connecticut.

  

The Kingswood Oxford Model UN is designed to introduce students in grades 6, 7, and 8 to global problems and to the challenge of working collaboratively to solve them. Since 2013, more than 400 students from more than 20 schools across the state have attended this unique conference.

Members of KO's award-winning Upper School Model UN team help to organize and run the conference, under Ms. Savin's direction. In addition to her work with KO's Middle and Upper School Model UN teams, Ms. Savin also teaches Model UN at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth during the summer.

KO competes annually in the Yale Model UN conference in New Haven and in Yale's International Model UN program called Yale Model Government Europe (YMGE). In 2011, KO was one of three U.S. high schools to compete in the YMGE event in Prague, in 2013, it was one of six U.S. high schools to compete in Budapest, and in 2015, it was the only U.S. high school to compete in Madrid. In each case, the team brought home several awards for outstanding performance.

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