Norfolk Academy Senior Wins Competition at Model NATO Challenge

Salomé Francis ’18 won first place as a press delegate at the Model NATO Challenge for an article covering the events of the day, in which students from across the region participate in a mock global crisis simulation.

The Model NATO program is similar to the more widely known Model United Nations events, except that it is run by actual international NATO personnel, rather than by college students. Most high school participants compete as student diplomats or ambassadors, and each one is assigned an adult mentor who works at NATO. While many students choose to participate as part of the diplomatic corps, Salomé chose to participate as a member of the “student press corps,” a relatively new category. The event was held March 28 at Virginia Wesleyan College.

Dr. David Rezelman, Upper School history teacher and faculty advisor for the Model U.N. Club, said that he was delighted by Salomé’s outstanding work as a reporter and writer.  “I was pleased, but not surprised, by the excellent job Salomé did as a Press Delegate! Having taken the International Relations elective and participated in model United Nations conferences, Salomé was well prepared to write about the performance of the Student Delegates,” he said.  “Although the topic of this year's conference was a secret until it began, it turns out that all three subjects they covered— Chinese regional ambitions, Russia's influence in the area, and especially North Korea—were all areas of focus in this fall's IR class.”  

Salomé’s article was published in Veer magazine,but it is only in print (no digital version available). Congratulations!