March 12-14, 2017 students from seventh and eighth grades in the Gifted and Talented class at Barnesville Middle School participated in Jr. Ohio Model United Nations (OMUN) in Columbus at the Hyatt Regency. Approximately 1200 students from throughout Ohio attended this largest global education program. Jr. OMUN is sponsored by Ohio Leadership Institute in order to help Ohio's young elop a greater understanding of world issues, global connections and international understanding, while focusing on the United Nations, the world's largest peace keeping and humanitarian organization.

During the weekend, our student delegates from Belarus, Congo, Norway, Panama, South Korea, Spain, United States presented and debated originally written resolutions following weeks of intense research. The students were involved in conducting extensive research, writing resolutions, developing support for their resolutions, learning debate procedures and preparing to represent their nation in council sessions and in front of the OMUN general assembly.

In addition to the OMUN simulation and global experience, students were involved in numerous global education contests during the weekend. Students serve as leaders of the simulation and are eligible for numerous contest and leadership awards during the weekend. Students also attend an International Summit and end the three days with an International Celebration.

This project was a leadership learning experience that will benefit students throughout their lives. The world is becoming a global community and projects, such as this, will help our students become our future community, state and global leaders. The students who participated in this project and Mrs. Gallagher would like to thank The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Veterans of Foreign Wars Men's Auxiliary, Barnesville Area Education Foundation, Rotary, Kiwanis, Parent Teachers Association, and The BPO Elks, for their generosity and making this trip possible.