KUNA students earn honors in their maiden competition

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By Josh Shepherd, News writer

Participating in their first-ever Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) conference, a group of Harrison County High School students came away with high honors, earning awards for Best New Delegation, Outstanding Ambassador, and Outstanding Speaker.

Their success was celebrated at the regular March meeting of the Harrison County School Board Tuesday night.

As a group, the high school also earned the Delegates Choice Proposal out of 74 countries represented at this year’s KUNA. Students were given the green light to make their proposal before the entire KUNA conference, an assembly of over 900 students, according to Paula Barnett and Sherry Thomas, faculty advisors for Harrison County’s KUNA team.

The Harrison County delegation represented the Congo, a small country in west-central Africa. Along with the work of making proposals and debating global issues with other KUNA participants, Harrison students were also responsible for creating their global village representation of The Congo and dressing in native garb and demonstrating an understanding of the culture of the Congolese people, Barnett said.

Understanding the need for improved medical care throughout the globe, The student’s proposal at the KUNA conference involved the delivery of vaccines to rural areas of the country.

Students then defended their proposals in committees with a selection of those proposals presented to the entire KUNA conference. For their first time participating in this event, Barnett was very proud of their success.

Many of the participants from Harrison County were from the school’s freshman class. Students participating included: Kevin Barnett, Kendra Courtney, Russ Faulconer, Wes Fowler, Natalie Kinney, Sara Ann Ledford, Jon Devin Phillips, Mackenzie Shepard, and Jared Thomas.

KUNA is a program sponsored by the Kentucky YMCA.


In other business, the board:

• Approved Harrison County’s grant application to participate in the statewide Safety Tipline, Online Prevention (STOP) Program.

The STOP program, sponsored by the Kentucky Center for School Safety, is an on-line service designed to reduce incidents of bullying and violence at Kentucky schools. In this program, students can anonymously submit tips or reports of suspected bullying.

Reports will go directly to the Kentucky Center and a report will also go to the superintendent of a participating school for investigation.

Andy Dotson, Harrison County School Superintendent, also reminded school board members that the school system also maintains a bullying and violence reporting system. The Harrison County bullying hotline is 588-8081.

“Students can report suspected incidents of bullying on that line. We check the messages daily and investigate any matter that we receive,” Dotson said.

• Accepted the bid from Turfmasters for mowing services at the school system.

• Heard the SBDM council report for Northside Elementary school.

 •Scheduled a special meeting of the Harrison County School Board for Thursday, April 3, 5 p.m. at Blue Licks State Park for Kentucky School Board Association training on the new superintendent evaluation process.