ORONO, Maine — -For the first time, students from Orono High School served as delegates to the Maine Model United Nations Conference held annually at the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus.
Corey Riemersma, a ninth-grader, and Dominic Mowrer, grade 10, were among 380 students from 26 high schools who participated in the conference, which took place in May.
The two Orono students and their teachers attended the three-day event with support from the Orono Peace Group, also known as the Maine Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions.
The students were assigned to represent Sri Lanka in the simulated U.N. deliberations. Among the issues that delegates tackled during the conference were nuclear proliferation, violence against women and children, the protection of civilians in armed conflict and peacekeeping on the high seas.
Riemersma and Mowrer both said they are eager to attend next year’s conference.
“It helped with my leadership and communication skills,” Mowrer said. “Students from all over the state and the country got together. Going in, you didn’t know if the other students were on the chess or football team. Our purpose was to work together to solve a common problem and that is what we did.”
The Orono Peace Group hopes to involve more local students in next year’s conference.