Pacific Ridge students excel at model UN conference


Seventeen students from Pacific Ridge School were among more than 750 high school delegates from around the country assembled Jan. 15-18 for the 14th annual Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition at Columbia University. The Columbia conference is known for its fast-paced crisis committees, which allow students to react quickly and address real-world scenarios in international affairs. Pacific Ridge delegates participated in simulations as wide-ranging as the Chinese Military Commission, the Cyprus Dispute Committee, and the International Trade in Endangered Species Committee. Seven students received awards: Best Delegate Award: Nick Marr of Carlsbad, Avery Rogers of Carlsbad; Honorable Mention: Elle Lefebvre of Carlsbad, Julien Barthelemy of Carmel Valley, Matty Bernstein of San Marcos; Verbal Commendation: Josh Kahn of Encinitas, Tony Oliverio of San Marcos.