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Mar 18, 2022

Villa students joined with others from around the Commonwealth to participate in the model United Nations program, KUNA. Schools represent different countries from around the world. They design a display for their country, write a resolution on an issue that is important to their adopted home, and represent it on International Stage.

At this year's Middle School KUNA, Quinn Holtzman '25 served as the Secretary General. She was responsible for working with Kentucky YMCA Youth Assocation to plan the conference. Ryan McLagan '26 campaigned for a leadership role at next year's conference. He was elected to succeed Quinn as Secretary General (see photo).

Villa's middle school student team represented Ireland. Some students performed an Irish jig, and a team of four - Maddie Carroll '27, Lily Lewis '27, Olive Kuhns '27, and Cam Kratzer '27 - wrote a resolution on addressing homelessness among youth around the world. Their resolution was selected as the Schools' Choice Resolution. It was debated in front of the 300+ students at the conference. The resolution was voted on and passed by the youth U.N.

Villa students also earned Outstanding Country Representation and Outstanding Statemanship. In addition, Ksenia Miller '27 and Riley Clark '27 earned Outstanding Security Council Team for their work on the council. Maddie Carroll, Carmen Deatley-Rosales '28, and Kate Bertoli '28 earned Outstanding Speaker awards for their debate skills. 

At the High School KUNA, Ava Borchers '23 was elected to serve as Secretary General at next year's high school conference. Aidan McGraw '23 was elected to serve as president of International Court of Justice. Kate McDonald '23 earned the Outstanding Ambassador award.