NCCS - the first school from the North Country to attend Harvard's Model United Nations-sent more than 20 students on the trip to Boston. The school started the trip in the 1970s with $500 dollars, a handful of ambitious students, and a helping hand from McManus, who is still involved in the program today. McManus, along with advisors Kate Dermody and Karen Jones, believes the experience enhances those who attend.
"You see other kids like you'll see in your freshman year [at college] and you're not as intimidated by them because you've seen them before in action. All of a sudden you are with people who are highly motivated in history, and international relations and you've had a chance to deal with them in high school," added McManus.
Harvard University's motto is VE RI TAS; a Latin phrase meaning "truth." The program is credited for exemplifying its mottos by seeking to inform its more than 2,000 participants about what is truly happening in the world. Students seek to face these truths in the present day, no matter how blunt, or widespread these truths turn out to be, so they can become the future leaders of the world.
Andrew Matott is a student correspondent from Northeastern Clinton Central School.