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Hastings High's Pollard Wins Best Delegate Award At Harvard Model UN

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HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Hastings High School senior Amelia Pollard won the best delegate award at the 63rd Harvard Model U.N. in her role as a New York Times reporter.

The event was held from Jan. 28-31 in Boston. More than 3,000 student delegates from around the world competed. Hastings High School sent 19 students to participate. The four-day HMUN is a simulation event for high school students in international relations.

At HMUN, student delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of U.N. representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets.

The event allows students to debate issues that confront world leaders and to draft resolutions in response to these global issues.

Pollard, as a New York Times reporter and member of the press corps, discussed journalistic integrity. They had to deal with crises and debate as to whether to communicate – or not communicate – the crisis to the general public; and then develop directives on how the news organizations should report out.

Two examples she debated were a rebel militia uprising and a corrupt president. Should the stories be transparent to the public or kept quiet by journalists?

“It was really great to be able to debate with other delegates and be able to tackle topics that we would not have the opportunity to in school,” said Pollard.

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