Thirty of the district’s eighth-graders learned that understanding the mindset of a delegate from another nation takes focus, commitment and hard work as they participated in the UNA-USA International Middle School Model UN Conference in New York City, the largest middle school Model UN conference in the world, on March 26-28.

Locust Valley had several winners at the conference:

  • Katherine Berritto and Claire Carney, Security Council – Best Position Paper 
  • Ava Ireland and Meena Khwaja, UN Women Committee – Best Position Paper  
  • Alim Merchant and Anazina Tezaris – Honorable mention (third place) for their performance in deciding the solution for their committee 


At the conference, the students argued various issues in their committees, passed laws and worked diplomatically with mock delegates from other countries. They were required to stay in character for the duration of committee meetings and argue from the perspective of their assigned countries. In addition to learning about the history of the U.N. and its organizational origins, they also researched a country given to them by the conference. The majority of Locust Valley eighth-graders represented Rwanda, and a few were delegates representing Spain. Students were paired together and required to write a position paper that attempted to solve an international issue from the perspective of the delegate.

Congratulations to all of the participants on the hard work and dedication they demonstrated by writing and submitting papers before the conference and taking on the roles of delegates during the event. They made new friends with students from Locust Valley and other schools, and even with students from other nations! The district extends special thanks to their faculty advisor, Barbara LaBella.