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Students scoop awards at model UN conference

Published on 02/03/17

Four students from Hethersett Academy have won awards for their political awareness and public speaking at Norwich’s first ever Model United Nations Conference.

The conference took place at the University of East Anglia on Wednesday, March 1 and was attended by students from schools across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Hethersett Academy was represented by nine students from Year 10, who have been studying critical thinking as part of the school’s enrichment programme.

During the conference, students were split into committees to debate issues related to global politics and development, and were challenged to come up with resolutions to the issues debated.

Toma Mudure and Tom Burchell were jointly awarded a certificate for drawing up the best resolution of the conference, on the threat and impact of cyber warfare in the 21st century.

Nathan Howell was awarded an honourable mention for his outstanding contribution to the debate on the development of renewable energy resources in emerging markets.

Toby Smith won the ‘Best delegate’ award for his work on the topic of austerity and the responsibilities of the welfare state.

Hethersett Academy vice principal Mike Masters said: “Our students gained huge amounts of confidence during the conference and gave some brilliant contributions to their discussions.

“They really enjoyed working alongside the staff and student ambassadors from the UEA.

“They came away with an increased understanding of international relations, and of course some fantastic awards! Well done to all involved.”