The Kentucky United Nations Assembly, KUNA, is a three-day learning conference in which students participate directly in simulated international diplomacy.
KUNA offers middle school and high school students the opportunity to debate resolutions that have a global impact such as human trafficking, starvation or clean drinking water.
Savannah Reed, an eighth grade student at Daviess County Middle School, became the President of the United Nations General Assembly during the closing ceremonies on Tuesday morning. Reed is the first student from her school to earn this title.
“I found that letting my voice be heard, ignited this passion in me that was extraordinary,” Reed told a room full of 800 students from across the state of Kentucky.
As part of the campaign, candidates were asked to choose a service project that had a global impact. After learning ASL years prior, Reed knew she wanted to help improve the lives of people around the world by providing hearing aids to third world countries.
Together with her KUNA delegation at DCMS, Reed raised over $1,000 for WorldWideHearing, an organization that provides hearing aids for those who cannot afford them.
“KUNA is a place where people with different perspectives come together to voice their ideas and find a solution,” Reed said.