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Model UN Places 1st at National Model UN Conference


The Model U.N. team of Rochelle Zell Jewish High School (formerly Chicagoland Jewish High School) received the “Award of Distinction”, a first place honor, at the National High School Model UN Conference for the second consecutive year.

The conference was held in New York City from March 2-March 5, 2016. It was attended by over 3800 students from 150 schools representing 27 countries.

During the Model UN conference, students participated in simulations of United Nations sessions, debating, negotiating, caucusing, drafting and voting on resolutions that address world problems.

Rochelle Zell students represented France and students on specialized committees also represented Zambia on the Historical Security Council and the International Chamber of Shipping on the Crisis Committee.

Students participated in a range of committees from General Assemblies with upwards of 350 students in each committee to specialized committees like the Security Council, which had only two dozen students.

Rochelle Zell students also had the opportunity to meet with diplomats at the French mission at the United Nations. After hearing a presentation from the mission’s expert on climate change, students asked about the French perspective on their committee issues to represent their country more accurately.

Individual, country and school awards were announced during the closing ceremonies on Saturday where Rochelle Zell Jewish High School took home one of four first place honors. In addition to the team award, four students won individual awards and fifteen students were given the distinct honor of speaking at the closing Plenary Session held in the General Assembly of the UN.

The following Rochelle Zell Jewish High School students took home second place awards:

Julia Mati and Jason Taitz
Security Council Committee

Melissa Levin and Josh Pliskin
Historical Council Committee

The following students were Speakers at the Plenary Session:

Felix Rosen and David Levin
Special Political and Decolonization Committee

Ethan Laney and Lily Copley
Economic and Financial Committee

Livia Moses and Eli Ecanow
Food and Agriculture Organization

Dylan Janczak and Eli Nasatir
UN Habitat

Emma Mati
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)

Jonah Karoll and Brian Silverstein
World Bank

Ranan Vales and Ari Rosenthal
Organization for Security and Cooperation in European

Arielle Small and Samson Hoffman
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

“I am so proud of all the hard work these students have put in throughout the year,” said Joseph Eskin, Model UN Advisor at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. “Their research and their preparation was tremendous, and their ability to work well with students from across the country and around the world was inspiring. It’s gratifying to see their hard work pay off. I am especially proud of the way the students demonstrated their Jewish values throughout the conference, wearing kippot, praying every morning, walking on Shabbat and treating their peers with derech eretz.”

For more information on the team’s accomplishments, contact Joseph Eskin at jeskin@rzjhs.org or Rebecca Dauber at rdauber@rzjhs.org. For inquiries on Rochelle Zell Jewish High School contact admission@rzjhs.org or visit www.rzjhs.org.

Established in 2001, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School is a co-ed, college-preparatory high school. Its mission is to create a culture of academic excellence. Rochelle Zell offers a comprehensive education, which includes exceptional general and Jewish studies programs, supplemented by strong athletic and fine arts programs, and numerous extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities. After graduating, students are well positioned to be successful in all of their endeavors. Today, Rochelle Zell welcomes students from over 20 different communities in the Chicago area, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, South Carolina and abroad.

For a copy of our press release, click here.

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