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Charter schools takes 2nd at United Nations event

  • Photo courtesy Royal Live Oaks Academy Royal Live Oaks Academy took second at Georgia Southern University’s 36th Annual Middle School Model United Nations event in Statesboro, Ga.

Twenty-five middle-schoolers from Royal Live Oaks Academy were recognized as the “Distinguished School” for their performance at Georgia Southern University’s 36th Annual Middle School Model United Nations event in Statesboro, Ga. During the event, students are assigned countries to represent as they research, debate, and come to a consensus for a resolution.

The event featured 14 schools and nearly 400 students. Topics ranged from domestic violence, racism, human trafficking to North Korea.

The students, and coach Gregg Dixon, placed second overall.

“The event … highlights all the skills that students are expected to have in the 21st Century, such as collaboration, innovation, respecting differences of opinions and perspectives, to name a few,” Dixon said. “Students are able to learn about cultures and civilizations that they may have never heard.”

Eight of the students earned an honorable mention, equivalent to third place.

Devin Allums, who represented the West African nation of Ghana, said he loved Model United Nations because it “gives children the opportunity to express their ideas about serious issues that affect the entire world.”

D’Anna Scott, who represented the East African nation of Sudan, won “Distinguished Delegate” for her committee, the African Union.

She said the event was “a lot harder than expected because you have to answer questions about serious topics that a lot of people do not talk about but we need to because that is the first step to solving them. Next time, we are aiming for first place.”

Royal Live Oaks Academy earned 10 accolades overall.

“Our students are just as capable as any other students, Dixon said. “We went against schools who have a lot more resources, experience in competing, and many who are from more affluent communities and we went toe to toe with them. This just shows that students excel when they are held to high expectations academically and behaviorally and are given the support they need by parents, teachers, administrators, and the overall community. We have that and I am so thankful.”

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