For the second year in a row, Harriton High School's Model United Nations team won the "Best Small School Award" at the Philadelphia Model U.N. Conference sponsored by the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs besting more than 20 other competing schools from throughout the area.
Along with the team win, seniors Sarah Legesse and Ava Brown earned the "Most Improved Award" for the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System Regional Body, while classmate Ben Feldman claimed the "Best Delegate Award" as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on the Peruvian Cabinet Advanced Committee.
Throughout the four-day conference, students explored the theme of "Identity in the Global Age" with a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Modern-day LAC is a unique region in that so many of the state lines are blurred, that it perpetuates the notion that Latin America shares one culture. In some regions, declining populations are apparent, debt is rising, and there are growing crises of authority. The gaps of infrastructure and economic growth vastly differ from one country to the other. Indigenous peoples comprise a significant portion of the LAC's population, but is often marginalized, or even forgotten. The conference aimed to recognize the region's rich, political histories, while still addressing the economic development of the rest of the world. Amid a political climate full of volatility and uncertainty, the need for awareness and understanding is more than ever.