Posted by Sam McCurdy:
On Sunday 17 October, the Rotary District 9820 Model United Nations Assembly Awards Ceremony was held via Zoom.
Rotary MUNA simulates the workings of the UN General Assembly right down to the Rules & Processes. Teams of two students from year 10 and (preferably) year 11 represent a nominated UN Member State. They are given topics well in advance. Resolutions are typically drawn from those passed through the General Assembly or the Security Council and cover issues such as Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, Nuclear Proliferation, Poverty, and Terrorism, the role of Women in promoting Peace and Security, and World Peace
The competition was a little different this year, relying on the delegations to prepare a video submission to represent their country’s stance on the global issue of climate change.  Delegates were encouraged to wear an appropriate national costume representing their assigned country.
There were seven local teams entered this year.  There were three teams from Nossal High School and four from St Margarets School/Berwick Grammar, although there was some confusion over which Rotary Club sponsored each of the local teams.
The results were as follows:
MUNA Overall Winner ($300) – Mary McKillop Catholic Regional College representing Colombia, sponsored by Rotary Club Leongatha.
MUNA Runner-up ($200) - Mary McKillop Catholic Regional College representing Israel, sponsor Rotary Club Leongatha.
Ovin Jayawardana & Sebastian Nugar
Brianna Munns & Annabelle Morton
Encouragement Award ($100) - received by Ovin Jayawardana & Sebastian Nugar St Margarets School/Berwick Grammar representing USA, for high caliber presentation and debate skills - sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berwick.
Honorable Mention – St Margarets School/Berwick Grammar for their unique approach, team work, public speaking skills and individual approach to their presentation - sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berwick.