Seventh and eighth grade students from Dalton Middle School travelled to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the Junior Georgia United Nations Assembly (GUNA) March 5-7. Hosted by the Georgia YMCA, GUNA is a simulation of the United Nations that teaches students about diplomacy, effective communication and globalization.
Students formed teams that represented different countries from around the globe, and each team had up to three student ambassadors. Dalton Middle School represented the nations of Brazil, China, Colombia, Italy, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Russian Federation, Senegal and the United States. Each team was responsible for researching an issue plaguing their country, writing a resolution to present to the UN and requesting aid and creating a visual display to showcase their country at the global village.
"Our students did extremely well in the general assembly debates and stood out among the rest of the schools there," said Emma Trew, DMS social studies teacher. "We also had one student, Anthony Medina, who was chosen to chair a committee because of his performance last year."
The group came home with several awards, including:
- Best Global Village Presentation - Japan
by Emily Stephens (8th) and Aida Mingura (7th)
- Best Resolution - The Russian Federation
by seventh-grade students Yasmeen Issa, Katelyn Pittman and Max Rounsaville
- Best Female Delegate - Lexus Stacey (7th)
- Best Overall School - Dalton Middle School
Out of 12 middle schools representing 68 countries and 18 high schools representing 100 countries.
The group also visited the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum and the Georgia Tech Campus during their trip. Photos from the competition below: