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Students from Atholton, Spencerville, and Highland View academies visited The Hague.
Story by April Lutz
Last week, 10 Chesapeake Conference students traveled to The Netherlands to attend The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) for the second consecutive year. Facilitated by Jonathan Scriven, associate director of the Honors College at Washington Adventist University, and sponsored by the Columbia Union, students from Atholton, Spencerville, and Highland View academies represented the nations of Samoa and Lithuania at one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious model UN conferences in the world.
Joined by several students from other Columbia Union academies, they wrote, debated, amended, and voted on resolutions dealing with some of the most pressing global issues facing the world today. Over 3,000 students converged on the “City of Peace” and took over every space of the World Forum, where they heard keynote speeches from the Mayor of The Hague, the first Latino Registrar of the International Criminal Court, and a leading defense attorney for the International Court of Justice before spending four days in heated debate in their respective committees. Students marveled at the experience of interacting with student delegates from all over the world, connecting with them through their deep debates, learning new perspectives, and the joy of experiencing a new country and culture.
In addition to the conference itself, the group also had the opportunity to visit Amsterdam, spend time reflecting in the Anne Frank House, eat local cuisine, and explore the city. Finally, the students spent their last day fellowshipping with the local Adventist church in The Hague. The Youth Department of the British Union was also in attendance, and everyone spent the afternoon getting to know one another over a potluck meal before heading to the beach for bowling and traditional Dutch pancakes. Every student came home feeling blessed to have been a part of such an amazing experience and bursting with stories to share with their family and friends.