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National Model UN Winning Streak Reaches 17 Years

April 02, 2013

“Our students performed brilliantly. We had outstanding leadership by our seven seniors and exceptional performances by our younger students. This year’s conference was extremely competitive.” — Derick Hulme

For the 17th consecutive year, Alma College students captured the highest awards at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City.

Competing March 24-28, Alma College teams representing the countries of Papua New Guinea and Sierra Leone received “outstanding delegation” recognition, the highest award at the conference. It is the 17th consecutive year in which Alma College teams have received one or more of the top awards.

Alma College has won 32 “outstanding delegation” awards — the most of any college or university in the 90-year history of the conference.

“Our students performed brilliantly,” says Derick Hulme, Alma’s Model UN faculty adviser. “We had outstanding leadership by our seven seniors and exceptional performances by our younger students. This year’s conference was extremely competitive, and I couldn’t be more proud of our students.”

The national conference in New York is the largest and most prestigious collegiate Model UN competition in the world, with more than 5,500 students competing on behalf of 250 colleges and universities from five continents.

Model UN simulates actual UN bodies addressing the most diverse range of current international issues. Teams of college students take on identities of countries, and delegates from each country meet in committee to propose, discuss and debate topics. Once resolutions are completed in committee, they are presented to the Model UN replication of the UN General Assembly to be further debated before the assembly votes on resolutions.

Materials produced by the students are forwarded to the actual UN organization for their consideration.

Representing the Papua New Guinea Delegation:

Christopher Bilski, Lowell junior
Luke Condon, Colon sophomore
Joanna Delpaz, Macomb freshman
Will Donahue, Naperville, Ill., freshman
Lauren Engels, Livonia sophomore
Lisa Folkmire, Warren sophomore
Grant Isley, Midland senior
Michelle Jerezano, Tegucigalpa junior
Jacob Judd, Fowlerville freshman
Tracy Oberle, Bay City freshman
Madeleine Randolet, Midland senior
Matt Wimmler, McBain freshman
Jessica Zachar, Fruitport junior

Representing the Sierra Leone Delegation:

Caroline Asiala, Bay City sophomore
Morgan Beeler, Fremont junior
Isaac Burrell, McBain sophomore
Alaina Dague, Lake senior
Nicole Eccles, La Mesa, Calif., freshman
Jake Fox, Marysville freshman
Katie Gordon, Muskegon senior
Emily Johnson, Commerce junior
Ari Kornelis, Holland senior
Aleia McKessy, Charlotte sophomore
Megan Miller, Hastings freshman
Kara Nic, Vicksburg sophomore
Maggie Peacock, Batavia, Ill., junior
Chloe Secor, Davison junior
Katherine Vaillancourt, Hillsdale freshman
Cristina Vela, Quito, Ecuador, senior
Ray Visser, Wyoming sophomore
Elizabeth Wayne, St. Clair senior
Matt Yettaw, Ortonville sophomore
Ashley Yuill, Midland senior