Sturgeon, Perkins lead Chelmsford High Model UN team at UMass Lowell United Nations Conference
CHELMSFORD – Shawn Sturgeon, a second-year student, took first place and senior TJ Perkins a second place to lead the United Nations Chelmsford High School Model Team at the UMass Lowell Model UN 5 Conference on April 7 at the Inn & Conference Center.
The conference was organized by Matthew Waterman, a CHS graduate in 2020 and now a student at UMass Lowell, who chaired the conference’s Economic and Social Committee, one of the event’s five committees. The conference convened five schools, including Andover High, Billerica Memorial High, Lowell High and Whittier Tech.
Sturgeon, who competed at its first UN Model conference, represented China on the Special Committee on Science and Technology. On the topics of “Methods for Mitigating Space Waste Risks and How to Promote Accountability” and “Understanding the 1967 Space Treaty to Include Feasible Guidelines for Space Exploration in the 21st Century,” the first was delivered. place and honors.
Perkins, who served as Lithuania’s delegate to the Economic and Social Committee, received second place for his positions on “Strategies to address the increase in global poverty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic” and “Addressing equity in educational technology around the world. ” . ”
“We were probably the smallest group with just seven people,” said Perkins, who co-chairs the club alongside young Jonathan Domow. “What we did was make a perfect balance of our countries on one issue, keeping the balance with other countries on that issue. We were able to find that balance well compared to other countries.”
At Model UN conferences, students play the role of a country or delegate and are presented with different situations and scenarios under a given topic. With a short period of time for preparation, the chair of the committee judges them according to their answers (in the case of Perkins, Waterman).
The success of Sturgeon and Perkins was a great help to the CHS Model UN team, which almost disbanded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I had no idea what to expect,” said club advisor JJ Doak, a professor of Holocaust and Advanced Placement psychology at CHS. “We were hoping to gather a delegation to lead. We only brought seven students, so for two of them winning places is pretty good.”
Perkins, the only senior on the CHS Model UN team, will attend UMass this fall and join his Model UN team. Sturgeon will replace him as team co-chair with Domow for the 2022-23 school year.
“He’s a unique type of student who does that,” Doak said. “Some only have a real interest in politics. Definitely, students need to be able to work with others. It also involves public speaking and strategy. It fulfills a need.”