Scenario 3

You are on your school's Model United Nations team.   Student teams research the position that selected nations adopt on various issues in the General Assembly.  After developing a "position" consistent with the interests of a selected nation, students present this position with an appropriate rationale. Your school consistently does well and this past season, your team not only went to regionals, but won and earned a place at "nationals," held in New York City.


In preparing for the competition, your coach asked you to study South Africa, Chile, North Korea, Syria, Belgium, and Canada.  She explained that these countries represented different continents, languages, religions, economies, etc., etc.  Studying these nations would be "excellent practice."  In addition, the issues she offered related to AIDS/HIV in Africa, independence for Kosovo in the Balkans, "the Lebanon question in the Middle-East," sanctions regarding nuclear weapons development in Iran, and international free-trade.  Your team studied each of the five nations she assigned on each of these five issues.  You and your teammates spent countless hours at the library, on the internet, and in spirited intramural debates.  Finally, you were ready and the time came to travel to the "Big Apple."


On the first evening of registration and welcome, your team received its assignment -- a very closely guarded secret, until now.  To your amazement, you were assigned Syria and the issue you were given was "Independence for Kosovo."  Your team was both thrilled and amazed.  With 192 nations and dozens of potential topics available, to have been selected to represent one of the nations and one of the topics you had studied was a stroke of great luck. 


As you mingled with the other students and met key people at the conference, you noticed your coach talking with one gentleman for quite awhile.  Upon inquiry, you learned that he was one of the organizers for the conference; he actually lives in the Twin Cities area and teaches at a local community college. 


Your team did very well on its first day and you know the judges were impressed.  The wrap-up would be held the next morning with closing arguments and final voting.  After dinner, the team adjourned to someone's room for study, practice, and then a good night's rest.  Your coach mentioned that she was going to the lobby for "a minute."  Thinking nothing of it, you went to bed.  The next morning you woke early and headed down to the exercise room for a workout.  As you opened your door and stepped into the hallway, you saw your coach entering her room.  


When the final voting was tallied, your team had won the National High School Model United Nations Competition.  The story was on the news, in the papers, and "it was a big deal."  On the plane trip back to the Twin Cities you had a chance to chat with your coach.  You made a casual remark about the weird luck of getting a country and a topic that you had studied and practiced for days leading up to the competition.  Your coach said, "Yeah, it was," changed the subject and the matter dropped.  . 


Back in school on Monday, your team was recognized at an assembly and the trophy was proudly displayed along with the other championship memorabilia that your school had earned.  As a reward, no practice was scheduled that afternoon: "Take a well-earned break," said your coach.  You wandered out to the parking lot and talked with friends.  Just then, your coach walked across the lot and met a man waiting by his car.  You recognized him as the "organizer from the Model UN Conference."  They greeted each other and she jumped into his car.  You asked if anyone knew with whom your coach drove away.  Someone said, "Oh, that's her boyfriend, they've been seeing each other for a couple of months." 


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