GPS Receives "The Best" At Model UN

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Thirty-three GPS girls participated in the Southeastern High School Model UN conference in Chattanooga. Divided into four countries, with each country having 9-10 committees represented, they engaged in debate, negotiation, and compromise on topics ranging from “The Economic Viability of Military Keynesianism” and “Improving Access to Healthcare for the Rural Poor” to “Rights of Maternal Health” and “Updating the Geneva Convention.” 

Competing against 12 other schools and over 300 delegates representing 53 nations, the GPS “team of veterans” representing Australia received the Best Delegation designation for the second time in three years, according to faculty sponsor Glen Vey.  

A large trophy now resides in the Holland Library to commemorate the victory by the winning team of Lucinda Boyd, Anjali Chandra, Macy Cox, Lauchlan Davis, Hira Munir, Megan Rohn, Christian Shaheen Caroline West and Emily You. 

In addition, four were selected as “All Star Delegates,” eligible to participate in the National High School Model UN Conference in NYC later this year. The All Stars were Chandra, Munir, Ayushi Sinha and You.  

Co-president of the GPS Model UN club and delegation leader for Australia, Emily You also won the “Best Delegate” Award for SOCHUM (Social and Humanitarian Committee, Australia).  

Sophomore Shivani Modi received an Honorable Mention as a tech assistant for the Digital Press Corps at the conference. Also receiving Honorable Mentions for their performances as delegates were sophomore Anjali Ravee for WHO (World Health Organization, Luxembourg); senior Macy Cox for ECOFIN (Economics and Finance Committee, Australia); junior Hira Munir for HRC (Human Rights Council, Australia); and junior Anjali Chandra for the Security Council (Australia). 

Co-president and senior Meghna Talluri served as the committee chair for the SOCHUM committee at this year’s conference.

Georgia Northwestern To Give Free GED Practice Tests

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is giving away free GED practice tests from Sept. 22 to Oct. 3 to all current or potential students who come into one of the local Adult Education Learning Centers in GNTC’s nine county service area. Students who take the GED Ready test will be able to see if they are ready to pass the GED test, if they have skills they need to pass the ... (click for more)

Brookwood School Named Highest-Performing School For 3rd Year

Brookwood School in Dalton has been named a Title I Reward School by the Georgia Department of Education for the third year. The school again was recognized as a Highest-Performing School that ranks it among the five percent of Title I schools in the state that has the highest absolute performance over three years for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments. Only 80 ... (click for more)

Sewell Says City, EPB "Close" On Amount Owed By Utility To City On Street Light Overbilling

City Internal Auditor Stan Sewell told City Council members on Tuesday that EPB and the city are "close" on the amount owed by the utility to the city on street light overbilling. Mr. Sewell said the city computed the amount at about $1.2 million, while he said EPB's auditing firm, Mauldin and Jenkins, has it at $1.5 million for an 89-month period that was audited. Mr. Sewell ... (click for more)

City Council Votes 5-4 On New Process For Naming IDB Members

The City Council voted Tuesday night 5-4 to set up a new process for naming members to the Industrial Development Board (IDB), which currently has four vacancies. The process includes three City Council panels: A (Districts 1, 2, 3), B (Districts 4, 5, 6), and C (Districts 7, 8, 9). Group A will fill two of the vacancies and Groups B and C one each. Agreement ... (click for more)

Dirt Decision At Camp Jordan May Come Back To Haunt East Ridge Councilmen

Wow. I thought the arrival of Bass Pro Shop would help bring East Ridge back to a position of prominence in the Chattanooga area, but the Council proved otherwise last night.  To the council - There is a reason that the developers want that dirt: It's valuable . You currently own it and the developer wants it. Bass Pro has already agreed to set up shop. They were going ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye To My Scooter

The month of August turned out to be unkind, with my dog, my favorite aunt and my magnificent mother all dying within three weeks’ time. As I finally begin to push out the three newest dents in my soul, my habit has been to write something akin to a goodbye note to those I have loved. I’m not ready for Aunt Martha and Mother yet – not by a stretch -- but I remembered Scooter with ... (click for more)