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United Nations Contest for Chapel Hill/Carrboro,
Durham and Durham County High School Students
Rationale for the Contest
The annual United Nations Contest
sponsored by the West Triangle Chapter of the United Nations
Association is designed primarily to encourage local high school
students to create original projects which deal with an issue or
problems relevant to the mission of the United Nations. The works
may come from any discipline and may take a variety of forms:
essays, videos, posters, musical selections or compositions,
multi-media works, etc. Projects created by teams of students are
2013 Contest Winners
First Place: Jenny Liu,
Freshman, East Chapel Hill High School,
on Environment." The Judging Committee was
extremely impressed with her mastery of the science of
climate change and of the complexities of the Kyoto
Protocol and Doha Amendment. The Committee appreciated
her very well thought out oral presentation and was
especially impressed with her dance performance which
echoed the theme of her project.
Second Place: Corey
Risinger, East Chapel Hill High School,
"Reform of the Democratic Republic of the
Congo." The Committee was extremely impressed
with her mastery of the history of D.R. Congo and of the
complexities of its current situation. The committee
appreciated her polished presentation and were impressed
as well with her metaphoric sculpture dramatizing the
dilemmas facing reform efforts.
Third Place: Amber Johnson and Kristen Lee,
Carrboro High School,
"Carbon Emissions and the United Nations".
The Committee was impressed with their mastery of the
science of carbon emissions and the intricacies of the
Kyoto Protocol. The Committee also appreciated their
well thought out presentation and was impressed with the
"city" they built to show the impacts of carbon
emissions and U.N. solutions to the problems of global
Honorable Mention: Phuong
Le and Tian Chang Zhang, East Chapel Hill
High School, "The UN and Its Role in
Combating Malaria in Africa". The Committee
was impressed with their mastery of the biology of
malaria and of the efforts to eradicate it. The
Committee was also impressed with the Prezi presentation
and their map of Africa. The later was effective in
conveying what is happening in the various countries in
2012 Winners of U.N.
First Place: Emily Powell and Amber Johnson,
Carrboro High School,
U.N. Involvement in Haiti
(slow loading file).
The Committee was extremely impressed with their mastery
of the complex history of Haiti and how that has
constrained solutions to its various problems. The
Committee also appreciated their well thought out
PowerPoint presentation on that history and were
impressed with their realistic and carefully considered
proposals for U.N.-based solutions.
Second Place: Chi Le, East Chapel Hill High
The United Nations and Its Role in the Fight Against
HIV/AIDS. The Committee was quite
impressed with her analysis of how the U.N. currently
deals with the issue of HIV/AIDS, with her appreciation
of the many obstacles in the way of preventing and
treating HIV/AIDS, and with her proposals for improving
the U.N.’s various efforts. We also liked the water
color painting she created to dramatize efforts to deal
Third Place: Hannah Schwarz and Kristen Lee,
Carrboro High School,
The Power of Educating a Girl. The
Committee was impressed by what they learned about the
problem and the way they organized their approach to it
in terms of five obstacles to girls’ education. The
Committee also liked their imaginative display which
dramatized those obstacles
Honorable Mention: Yuyi Li and Christian Haig,
East Chapel Hill High School,
Nations Potential Role in the Somali Civil War.
The Committee appreciated what they learned about the
topic, their passionate interest in the topic, and their
detailed PowerPoint presentation. They succeeded in
enlightening Committee members about piracy which
started as a border-protecting strategy in the context
of waste dumping and over-fishing by other nations.
Honorable Mention: Akib Khan,
East Chapel Hill High School, The United
Nation’s Education Program. The Committee
was impressed with the background he acquired about the
problem of education and with the enormous variety of
examples he cited. His PowerPoint slides provided
effective outlines for his oral presentation.
sake of consistency and load time, all project were
converted to PDF files. The latest Adobe Reader may be
David McDonogh, Junior, East
Chapel Hill High School. $750 1st place award for
“Timor East and West.” The judging committee was
very impressed with his mastery of the complex history of
the conflicts in East Timor. His well thought out PowerPoint
presentation on that history included realistic and
carefully considered proposals for U.N.-based solutions.
David won last year’s second place award.
Kathy Dai, Freshman, East
Chapel Hill High School. $500 2nd place award for
“U.N. Leadership Roles in Humanitarian Aid.” The
judging committee was impressed with her analysis of how
important the coordination of aid is. Her PowerPoint
presentation on that issue included her proposal for
Joe Baker, Parker Edwards,
and Adam Glasser, Seniors, Carrboro High School. $250
3rd place award for
“U.N. Aid for Indonesia.” The members of the
judging committee were impressed by the team’s creativity in
writing a multi-verse song about the issue and with their
concern for improving the aid process in general.
Maryam Ali, Freshman, East
Chapel Hill High School. Honorable Mention for “Violence
Against Women.” The Contest judges were impressed with
the background Ms. Ali acquired about the various causes of
the problem, with her detailed and colorful
and with the
essay on the topic.
Yuyi Li, Sophomore, East Chapel
Hill High School. Honorable Mention for
“Blood Diamonds.” Judges were impressed with the
background she acquired about various aspects of the topic
and with her delightful PowerPoint presentation.
Rachel Hainline, Senior, East Chapel Hill High
School. Honorable Mention for
“Poverty Reduction.” Ms. Hainline demonstrated
considerable knowledge about the topic and her PowerPoint
presentation included an interesting proposal for using U.N.
supervised clinics to reduce poverty. Ms. Hainline and
various colleagues won awards in our 2009 and 2010 Contests.
year there were ten Contest entries from fourteen students –
eight individual entries and two entries by three person
Due to differences in computer
and browser capabilities, the top three presentations may be
viewed as either PowerPoint Slide Shows or as PDF files.
place: "Israel/Palestine," by Bradli Crump, Carrboro
High School. Her PowerPoint presentation demonstrated the
student's mastery of the complex history of the conflict.
She used a tri-fold poster board that summarized her
two-state solution which included imaginative proposals for
changing the UN to make it more effectively involved in
resolving the conflict.
see her PowerPoint Slide Show, click here.
To view as a PDF, click here.
Place: "Cyprus: (un)Divided" by David McDonogh, East
Chapel Hill High School. Mr. McDonogh’s PowerPoint
presentation showed his extensive knowledge of the conflicts
in Cyprus and incorporated well designed proposals for
To see his PowerPoint
Slide Show, click here.
view as a PDF, click here.
place (tie): "A UN Approach to Eliminating Child Labor," by
Claire Johnson, Cedar Ridge High School,
Hillsborough. Ms. Johnson used a PowerPoint with many
visuals and included detailed proposals for UN-based
To see her presentation as a PowerPoint Slide Show, click here.
To view as a PDF, click here.
place (tie): "Yemen: A Failing State," by Reade Paterno,
Sam Stargel, and Jordan Thomas, Carrboro High
School. The team's PowerPoint proposed getting the UN more
effectively involved in Yemen than it has been in the past.
The team also produced a video on how extreme poverty
exacerbates the problems in Yemen.
Honorable Mention: Sofia Haley, Cedar Ridge High
School, Hillsborough. Her topic was the effects of
rainforest depletion. She read her essay on it and commented
on the painting she created to dramatize the problem.
To see her essay and a photo of her painting as a PDF file, click here.
Honorable Mention: Katelyn Whittingham, Cedar Ridge
High School, Hillsborough. Ms Whittingham’s project was on
the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its children hurt
by war. She read her essay on the topic as well as a short
story she wrote illustrating the plight of a single child
raped in the Congo.
Honorable Mention: Rachel Hainline, Marsha Sugana,
and Young-Eun Hyun, East Chapel Hill High School.
Environmental refugees was the topic chosen by the team.
Their PowerPoint included visuals to illustrate such things
as global climate change.
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