SFX student selected as Australasian delegate for Harvard Model United Nations

Year 12, St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton student Olivia March, has been selected as one of 15 high school students to represent Australasia at Harvard Model United Nations in January 2017.

Olivia impressed judges with her application which included two essays addressing the role that Edith Wilson played in the running of the USA government, and an essay on Child Soldiers in Syria and the UN’s involvement in helping to combat this issue.

As an aspiring Criminology and Criminal Justice university student, Olivia is looking forward to gaining an insight into the dynamics and workings of the United Nations through different simulations including assuming the role of a UN representative or member of other international bodies.

“I’m really looking forward to the debates and hearing the opinions and views of the other countries,” said Olivia.

“I think it’s very exciting that we’ll have the opportunity to talk about the issues that have arisen worldwide and act as the leaders of our nations.”

The Harvard Model United Nations conference is from 26-29 January, and is part of a 17-day USA university tour which includes visits to San Francisco, Stanford and Berkeley, New York, Columbia, UPenn, Yale (which also includes a model UN tour) and Harvard.

“This is such a great learning experience to get my foot in the door,” said Olivia.  

“Working for the Australian government or UN is what I want to do with my future, and this brings me one step closer.”

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Alyssa Faith was the Communications Manager for the Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle from 2016 - 2017 and a regular contributor to Aurora and mnnews.today.