Thirty-one students from Locust Valley High School attended the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 31- April 3, 2016. During this educational trip, the students took on different roles of delegates from various countries, debating, arguing and passing laws based upon the international or national topic being discussed. They were required to stay in character through the duration of committee meetings and argue from the perspective of their assigned country or person.

Faculty advisors Ashley Cannone and Stephanie Scavelli, along with Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David Ethé chaperoned the trip. Ms. Cannone and Ms. Scavelli said the group took advantage of the historical environment, visiting the National Mall, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial. They also visited historic and beautiful "Old Town" Alexandria.

The students worked hard to prepare for the conference by writing position papers, debating ideas and creating resolution papers to pass laws. Mr. Ethé said the experience is very valuable to the students. “The students vastly improved their skills in conducting research, writing position/working papers, working effectively and collaboratively on a committee and mastering the United Nations rules of procedure,” he explained.