Student delegates with D-E’s Model UN Club have been busy preparing position papers for and participating in “away” conferences, including events sponsored by Princeton University and the United Nations International School (UNIS). Conferences later this year will take the club to the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. Noa Levin ’17 earned Best Delegate honors at the Princeton-hosted conference. At UNIS, Model UN had 13 students competing and three won awards. Congratulations to Cameron Janssens ’19, who won Honorable Mention, Mahir Behl ’19, who won Honorable Mention, and Sarah Geller ’19 for her Verbal Commendation award.
Club leader Roxy Pylypiv ’17 offers this perspective on the value of participating in Model UN: “Model UN [is] an integral part of not only my high school life, but also that of other dedicated members of the club. The club [teaches] how to research an issue, debate a viewpoint, and hone public speaking skills. You get to research problems in countries such as Mali and Morocco that further your understanding of the world around you. In the news, you only hear about issues in developed and influential countries. Model UN gives you the opportunity to learn about countries around the world that are never even mentioned in the news. You [also] learn about conflicts worldwide and have to work together with a coalition of other countries to solve the problem. Although Model UN is only a simulation of the real United Nations, students come out with a consciousness of the entire world and conscience to do something right in the world. After every conference you come out with a deep understanding of the working of the UN and of the interconnection between different countries of the world. Our club cannot wait for our upcoming trips to the UPenn Conference, Cornell Conference, and possibly a trip to Rome!”