CBA’s Model UN program held its annual Middle School Model United Nations Conference on Friday, Nov. 4 in the Henderson Theater.

The Middle School Model UN Conference enables younger students to participate and experience firsthand what a high school-level Model United Nations event is really like. Many students are participating for the first time, and the importance of collaboration, empathy, and global issues is reinforced. Additionally, the majority of the Conference is run by high school Model UN members under the direction of faculty moderator and Director of Student Life Maureen Szablewski.

This year the Keynote address was delivered by Ambassador (ret.) Patricia Butenis. Ambassador Butenis previously served in a variety of positions throughout her career, including time as ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad (2007-2009) and Ambassador to Bangladesh and Deputy Chief of Mission in Islamabad.
Students from St. Catherines, St. Ambrose, St. Joseph Grade school, Barkalow Middle School, Stuart Country Day, Rumson Country Day, Oak Hill, and St. Leo’s The Great were in attendance for the annual event. Trinity Hall, also in attendance, helped with conference operations as well as chairing the UN Commission on the Status of Women Committee.

A full day event from 1:30pm to 8:30pm, the Middle School Model UN Conference provided our Academy men the the chance to demonstrate their leadership and provide a positive model for our younger attendees.

Thank you to all who made this event a great success!

About Model UN: 
Model United Nations at the Academy gives students a glimpse of what it is like to work in the wide world of international relations.

Model UN students explore international affairs in a simulated United Nations setting, practicing important skills such as research methods and public speaking. Students take part in group meetings, research presentations and attend Model UN conferences in the region.

About Christian Brothers Academy:

Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) is a private, Catholic, academic preparatory school for boys located in Lincroft, New Jersey. Founded in 1959 and taught in the Lasallian tradition, CBA is dedicated to helping students become intellectually mature and morally responsible leaders for society. Through the combined efforts of the Office of Advancement and friends of the Academy, CBA awards over $1.3 million in scholarships and financial aid to current students.