United Nations students attend conferences on global issues: Talk of the Towns

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — The NoRo Model United Nations student delegation attended two conferences this year. The conferences, organized by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, were held at Lorain County Community College and Case Western Reserve University.

Students prepared for these conferences by researching the countries, United Nations committees, and topics assigned to them for that particular conference. Topics at this conference included plastic waste in the water supply, the rights of refugees in conflict areas, preventing future pandemics and Scottish independence. The students then wrote position papers on these topics, representing the current view of the country assigned to them. Students came to meetings to practice speaking and following parliamentary procedure, as well as drafting formal resolutions. At the start of the conference, each UN committee debated and then voted on one of two scheduled topics to be addressed.

The delegations, representing various countries made up of students from various schools in northeast Ohio, then debated this issue and worked to craft a resolution addressing the subject which was put to the vote. Students had the opportunity to debate formally, worked to gather support informally, then decided and voted. Along the way, students have had many opportunities to think, talk, write, and reflect on some of the issues facing the modern world. There were also down times for students to socialize, have fun, and make friends with their peers from across the region.

The NoRo Model UN student delegation included: Aswath Anand (Grade 10), Siddhi Aswani (Grade 10), Arnav Bhanwala (Grade 10), William Cronin (Grade 10), Akshita Kannan (Grade 11) (Excellence Award from the Delegate, Spring Conference), Allison Krzywicki (Grade 10) (Delegate Excellence Award, Spring Conference) (Honourable Mention, Winter Conference), Sergej Kuzmanov (Grade 10), Arin Mehta (Grade 9), Nancy Patel (Grade 12), Parija Patel (Grade 10) (Position Paper Award, Spring Conference) (Honorable Mention Award, Winter Conference), Arleen Rai (Grade 11), Iniyan Ramasamy (Grade 11), Brianna Rush (Grade 10), Neerja Shah (Grade 10) (Position Paper Award, Spring Lecture), Shaun Sekura (Grade 10), Elaine Steel (Grade 11).

New Service Programs: North Royalton Ward 5 Councilor Dawn Carbone-McDonald campaigned for over a year to share her vision for a more vibrant North Royalton. Now officially in her third month as a new Council member, she is excited to begin implementing parts of that vision with the announcement of her official launch of three new programs in her neighborhood that support both residents and businesses.

The first program is the Guardian Angel program which creates an all-volunteer network of community members to assist residents who need an extra helping hand with indoor or outdoor maintenance tasks such as: general cleaning of the house, small household projects, garbage pick-up, lawn mowing, leaf raking and snow removal/shoveling. Residents do not have to live in Ward 5 to participate.

The second program is the Ward 5 New Resident Welcome Wagon program. Councilor Carbone-McDonald personally visits each new resident in the ward, provides a welcome guide to the town and a warm welcome to their new home.

The third program is the Ward 5 Business of the Quarter in which a local business will be highlighted each quarter of the year for the special things they do to give back to the community and help support local businesses that have been hurt. over the past two years by COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE

“I am so excited to finally be able to roll out my new programs now that I am on Council. The Guardian Angel, New Resident Welcome Wagon and Ward 5 Business of the Quarter programs were inspired by all the residents and businesses I met during of last year’s campaign. I look forward to making all of these programs a success as I am honored to serve the residents of Ward 5 and North Royalton on City Council. The more we all work together, the more we can make a difference for our entire community,” said Carbone-McDonald.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these programs, please contact Advisor Carbone-McDonald at (440) 694-9446 or [email protected]

National competition: Still a strong presence in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, Cuyahoga Community College had its best performance ever in 2022.

Tri-C’s Plant Science and Landscape Technology program won second place in the team competition – its best result ever – and Peyton Musgrave won top individual honors among the 510 students in the competition. She is the third Tri-C student to win honors since 2014.

Musgrave, a sophomore from Lakewood, received a $1,000 scholarship earlier this month from the Ohio chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. After graduating from Tri-C in May, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in environmental conservation at Kent State University.

Tri-C won three championships at the competition, held March 16-19 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh: irrigation assembly, irrigation troubleshooting, and turf and weed identification. The College has ranked in the Top 5 in 12 others. Keith Rush, a sophomore from University Heights, was another outstanding individual performer for Tri-C, placing in the Top 3 in four events.

In addition to an excellent performance in competitions, Jim Funai, an assistant teacher in the Tri-C program since 2009, was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the National Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation. Under Funai’s leadership, the College’s Plant Science and Landscape Technology program has become the nation’s top two-year program, consistently placing alongside or above major four-year university programs in national competitions. such as the NCLC.

Learn more about NCLC and view the final results at landscapeprofessionals.org.

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