Decatur seniors represent Algeria at Model Arab League

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A total of 10 Decatur students attended, all of them seniors. Photo courtesy of Briana Dayton.

Benson Gathany

Last Thursday and Friday, 10 Decatur seniors represented the school at the Atlanta High School Model Arab League Conference.

23 Atlanta area schools attended the conference, held at the Marist school, with each school playing the part of a different Arab nation.

Although the nations available ranged from Mauritania to Yemen, senior Eric Broner thinks that Decatur’s draft of Algeria was ideal.

“I had a really fun time being Algeria,” Broner said. “With some of the other countries in the region, they’ll be less aligned with their neighbors, but Algeria can always count on Morocco and Tunisia to back them up on issues.”

Judges chose Seniors Devon Allowitz (left) and Eric Broner (right) to receive individual delegate awards. It was Allowitz’s second time receiving the award, having been similarly honored at a previous conference. Photo courtesy of Briana Dayton.

Other Decatur representatives were less thrilled with receiving Algeria. Curry Carr, another senior, found it difficult to accurately represent Algerian views, at times. Judges chose Seniors Devon Allowitz (left) and Eric Broner (right) to receive individual delegate awards. It was Allowitz’s second time receiving the award, having been similarly honored at a previous conference.

“It was pretty hard to do research on current Algerian policy,” Carr said. “We ended up making a lot of decisions based on not contradicting past Algerian actions. I wanted to represent Palestine.”

Palestine was in many ways the centerpiece of the conference, due in large part to the dynamic nature of the Palestinian conflict. As such, each nation present appointed a member to the Palestinian affairs committee.

For Decatur, that member was Eric Broner.

“I think coaches are very careful about who they choose to be on the Palestinian committee,” Broner said. “It’s a very real issue. More than any other committee, you have to have a strong background in history. [The Palestinian Affairs Committee] was stacked with very focused delegates, who were the ones going for the awards.”

The conference judges honored two Decatur students, Broner and Devon Allowitz, with individual delegate awards, and the whole delegation with an honorable mention.

Click here for more information on Model Arab League, and here for our report on a past Model Arab League conference.

To contact the writer, email him at 17bensongathany@csdecatur.net