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SEMS students take part in Y-Club United Nations
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Wearing native dress of Venezuela are South Effingham Middle Schools ambassadors for the Georgia United Nations Assembly (left to right), Caitlyn Lariscy, Brian Nichols and Sarah Yonce. - photo by Photo provided

South Effingham Middle School students Caitlyn Lariscy, Brian Nichols and Sarah Yonce attended the Georgia United Nations Assembly, a model United Nations program sponsored by the State YMCA of Georgia. Y-Club members and other middle and high school students from public and private schools across the state are eligible to participate.

The students from South Effingham Middle School chose Venezuela as their country. Their proposal was to request help in developing and reinforcing laws for oil spills in and off the coast of Venezuela. Their proposal passed with overwhelming support, according to SEMS Y-Club advisor Beverly Donaldson.

The SEMS “ambassadors” also received the award for “Outstanding Global Village Display.” Their display included a colorful triptych with interesting information about their country, samples of native food and live cultural music played by saxophone. The recognition of this award is the culmination of weeks of hard work and effort put forward by the students, Donaldson said.

The three-day model United Nations gave the young “ambassadors” a chance to learn firsthand the practical operation of the U.N.