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ELCS student makes most of model UN experience

ELIZABETHTOWN - For Zach Denton, the world of politics always interested him, but he did not know if would fit into his future.

Thanks to two years at the Harvard University Model United Nations in Boston, he now has options.

"I was always into politics, but I didn't know how to deal with the interest until I went to the model UN," Denton said. "Because of this experience, I have thought more about doing something with government or political science when I go to college."

Denton, a senior at ELCS, said that the experience has opened his eyes to other students and other cultures.

"There were kids there from at least 12 other countries," Denton said. "I was interested because the Egypt situation really developed while we were there, and there were delegates there from Egypt, and I am sure that they were very concerned even if they were going to be able to get home."

This year, Denton was a delegate for the World Wildlife Federation, as a non-government organization delegate. For his work during the event, he was awarded with the Most Outstanding NGO Delegate of the event.

"It is a tremendous experience," Denton said. "I have learned so much and met so many intelligent people, I am just amazed that I was able to come away with an award."

Denton said that the level of students at the model UN helped him to work harder.

"There are so many smart and intelligent students there that you have to work together with to get things accomplished," said Denton. "It really makes you work to get up to their level and it is really eye-opening."

Along with getting to know delegates from around the country and the world, Denton said that the event was also a chance to learn about delegates from his own back yard.

"We drive down with students from Chazy, so we get to know them a lot more," Denton said. "A lot of times, the first thing anyone asks them is if they play soccer."

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