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Villa Students Earn Praise, Leadership Role at Model UN

Villa Madonna Academy eighth grader Quinn Holtzman was named United Nations Secretary-General for next year's Kentucky United Nations Assembly.

The two-day conference is a model-U.N. program hosted by the Kentucky YMCA.

This year, more than 300 students from twenty-eight schools around the state participated.

Quinn campaigned at this week's Middle School KUNA on the platforms of clean oceans, sustainable cities, and gender equality. She will work throughout the year with KY-YMCA staff to plan next spring's conference.

Quinn is from Villa Hills.

At the same conference, Maddie Carroll of Villa Hills, Ksenia Miller of Crescent Springs, and Adi Grabowski of Fort Mitchell earned high praise. They wrote a resolution asking the U.N. to restrict Green Climate Fund spending to clean energy projects.

The GCF is currently allowed to donate funds to fossil fuel-related projects. The students' resolution was selected as the Secretary General's Choice Resolution. The girls got to present it and defend it in front of the entire conference.

Ultimately, their resolution was passed by the student United Nations. Maddie, Ksenia, and Adi are sixth grade students at Villa. 

-Staff report

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