KOMUN (Kingswood Oxford Model U.N. for Middle Schools)

In March 2013, KO history teacher and longtime Model UN advisor Stacey Savin founded the only Model UN conference for middle school students in Connecticut. The Kingswood Oxford Model UN (KOMUN) is designed to introduce students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to global problems and to the challenge of working collaboratively to solve them.

The second annual KOMUN will be held on Sat., Mar. 22, 2014, and is open to all middle schools throughout the state. Registration is still open. Schools can register here. 

Schools who have already registered can access the main 2014 KOMUN page, which has conference materials, delegate information and a complete schedule. 

 

More than 120 students from schools across the state attended the first-ever KOMUN on Sat., Mar. 23, 2013, at KO.

Each middle school represented an assigned country in various mock UN committees, such as the Security Council, the UN Environment Programme, the World Health Organization, and the UN Commission on Human Rights, where they discussed current issues and proposed solutions.The day included lunch and an awards ceremony.

Members of KO's award-winning Upper School Model UN team helped 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, and in 2013, it was one of six U.S. high schools to compete in Budapest. In each case, the team brought home several awards for outstanding performance.

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