PCHS KUNA Makes “Giant Leap”
Pendleton County High School Students under the direction of John DeAtley and Michelle Lustenberg participated in the YMCA Kentucky United Nations Assembly in Louisville from March 14th through the 16th. The students chose to represent the country of Brazil early on this year but as the delegation grew decided to add a second country, Bolivia. The proposal for Brazil was an act to create a Memorandum of Understanding through the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Bolivian proposal was an act to permanently eliminate the DEA’s presence in the manufacturing and distribution of the native coca leaf in Bolivia. The global village display was a mock rain forest in which students created the sense of canoeing down the Brazilian waterways. The placard for Brazil was a 7 foot tall replica “Christ the Redeemer” made of cardboard, paper, and cloth. Their costumes represented carnival dresses, typical daily attire, and soccer uniforms. The PCHS ambassadors for Brazil, Ronica Hutchison and Kaylin Wells had the honor of being selected to present their proposal in the general assembly. This honor was only given to a total of 5 proposal authors. PCHS Junior, Chelsea Brossart, ran a well thought out campaign for Secretary General and will be included on the KUNA leadership team for next year. Mackenzie Moore received the honor of Outstanding Ambassador and the entire delegation received the “Giant Leap” award for greater participation, representing two countries, having both a leadership candidate and a Security Council representative as well as the quality of pro/con debate. This KUNA team represented PCHS, Brazil, and Bolivia with both compassion and pride.