On Nov. 18th, ten freshmen students represented four countries during a Historic Model UN conference at the Carey Institute. The topics dealt with fundamental issues of nationalism, sovereignty, and human rights. Our countries included France (with veto rights), the Ottoman Empire (struggling to survive), Unyamwezi (avoiding colonization), and Italy (a very new country in 1870s). Our students were all very active in public speaking and their resolutions were praised for their "out-of-the-box" thinking and problem solving. What truly made our students stand out was their ability to negotiate and amend resolutions so as to gain consensus from divergent interests. Many of the other attending delegates were surprised that these young people were "only freshmen." The chaperone, Anne Lyons, was very proud of their performance and the way they represented Voorheesville. The chairman from Kansas orally commended their efforts and preparation for this event. The funding for this event was from a private donor at the Keystone Foundation, who sponsored us because of our past exemplary efforts. The funding was for one year, however, and we hope that Voorheesville's participation can be continued through local funding next year as it provides an excellent forum for learning public speaking skills and negotiations in a supportive setting.