Romona's Kids: Model United Nations at Orange High School

PEPPER PIKE, OH (WOIO) - We hear a lot about schools focusing on the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. But two popular programs have students learning about the law and global issues, while teaching them skills like public speaking and writing. This week's Romona's Kids are in Pepper Pike.
Orange High School students have been practicing for this year's Model United Nations Conferences where they play the part of foreign diplomats to find solutions to issues facing the world today. This fall, the team won "Best in Cleveland" for the seventh time in a row, and the ninth time in 11 years. 16 students won team awards, and two brought home the coveted gavel award,
for best in their conference.
"I think that says a lot about the strength of our program," said senior Clare Ubersax.  "We have great advisors and we've all worked really hard to do well at the conferences."
"The most important thing for me is that it enhances speaking ability," said senior Adam Kirsh. "Speaking is one of the most ubiquitous things in all workplaces."
"One of the things that I've noticed is that when kids start, they might be a little bit nervous to speak in front of people but as
they go through from freshman year all the way to senior year, they develop more confidence in themselves and also become pretty good writers," said advisor Dave Chordas.
The Mock Trial team is gearing up for their competition season, which starts in January. For the past two years, they've been in the state championship.
"It's really a very dedicated environment, people are there every week working on the case and all the teams try to help each other out," said junior Neil Agarwal.
"We actually have 12 teams this year which is the most in the State of Ohio and we have more than 100 students in it so it's a huge club here at Orange and I think that we should be really proud of that here," said senior Melissa Ma.
You can bet this isn't the last you'll see of these students. From fighting for justice to solving global problems, they're learning
how to change the world.
19 Action News got late word that the Model UN team won First Place at the Winter Conference December 3-4 at Lorain County Community College. The students also won 12 team awards, more than any other school at the conference.

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