From March 2-5, 2018 eleven students from School of the Future attended the National High School Model United Nations Conference in New York City. Acting as the delegation from Ecuador, students did extensive research to write position papers explaining Ecuador’s stance on issues ranging from crypto-currencies to fertility rates in developing countries. During the four day conference, students debated in United Nations’ committees with delegates representing 193 countries. Participants were from 75 countries and 250 high schools, so this was a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet and work with people from all over the world. The goal of the conference is to provide an authentic opportunity to expand their knowledge of other cultures, share their policy in front of committees that sometimes include hundreds of students, and improve their research and public speaking skills.
Representing School of the Future for the first time at a Model UN Conference were Senior Anika Langberg, Juniors Aicha Cherif and Fredrick Giron-Giesson, and Sophomores Anwesha Dhara, Celina Niemann, Mayo Watanabe, Declan Peterson, Julianna Davis, Isabella Davis, Bushra Mujeeb, and Emily Rodriguez. Even though this conference can be intimidating for first-time students, our students were incredibly enthusiastic and eager to learn the complex procedures and collaborate with students from all of over the world to reach resolutions for the issues they debated. They are already looking forward to next year’s conference!!
The end of the First Tech Challenge Robotics Season is over in NYC and SOF Robotics Team ranked an amazing 4th place out of 30 best teams in the city and a total of 79 NYC teams that participated in the tournament. This places SOF ahead of more seasoned teams with larger budgets and resources such as Stuyvesant HS, Forest Hills High School, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, or private schools such as The Browning School and Horace Mann School.
On Sunday February 18, SOF RC participated in the third qualifier of the season at Dalton and got two awards: Judges Awards and The Finalist award in the competition. Our students Van James Huynh ( team captain), Carson Koppel and Farhath Anzum impressed everybody with their performance and we made it into the NYC runoffs the following Sunday
, February, 25 at Morris Townsend HS in Flushing
, Queens. Here is a link to the final ranking https://www.nycfirst.org/copy-of-championship
This was an amazing performance for a second year team. Our students made friends with other teams, did an awesome job of working together and had a blast at each event. Thanks to Mr Fanning and our school Parent Association for supporting our team and Mr. Irimina and Mr Chin for mentoring our students.