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Model UN Milestone: National Winning Streak Reaches 20 Years

“Twenty years of Model UN competition is a long journey, and winning the highest award for 20 consecutive years is absolutely a milestone.” — Derick Hulme

The continued success of Alma College’s Model United Nations team now spans a full two decades.

For the 20th consecutive year, Alma students have captured the highest awards at the National Model UN Conference in New York City.

Competing March 27-31, the Alma College team representing the country of Rwanda received “outstanding delegation” recognition, the highest award at the conference. The team representing Brazil received “distinguished delegation,” the second highest award at the conference.

Alma College has now won 38 “outstanding delegation” awards — the most of any college or university in the 95-year history of the conference.

A ‘Brilliant’ Performance

“The team performed brilliantly,” says Derick Hulme, Alma’s Model UN faculty advisor. “It was a remarkable performance by 38 talented, committed and passionate students. Twenty years of Model UN competition is a long journey, and winning the highest award for 20 consecutive years is absolutely a milestone.”

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 representing 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 Rwanda delegation:

  • Nicholas Arnold, Reese senior
  • Luke Ashton, Omaha, Neb., senior
  • Tylor Cole, Spring Lake sophomore
  • Joanna Delpaz, Macomb senior
  • Nicole Eccles, La Mesa, Calif., senior
  • Bonnie Hamilton, Harbor Springs junior
  • Kennedy MacGirr, Frankfort sophomore
  • Danialle Stebbins, St. Johns junior
  • Grace Sutherland, Waterford junior
  • Jaycee Wise, Grand Haven freshman
  • Roger Zahn, Plymouth senior

Representing the Brazil delegation:

  • Rebecka Bale, Carleton sophomore
  • Paige Bartkowiak, Dexter sophomore
  • Zane Berlanga, Canton sophomore
  • Earl Carr, Plymouth junior
  • Luke Condon, Colon senior
  • Shane Cooper, Parma junior
  • Victoria Coykendall, Williamston junior
  • Haley Daugherty, Clarkston sophomore
  • Seth Davis, Greenville sophomore
  • Jessica Drife, Garden City junior
  • Alana DuLyn, Clarkston senior
  • Megan Finkbeiner, Hamburg freshman
  • Jacob Fox, Marysville senior
  • Nathaniel Fryer, Wyoming freshman
  • Sabrina Gambill, Portland junior
  • Tyler Goerge, Schoolcraft junior
  • Rachel Hill, Midland sophomore
  • Jessica Isler, Grand Rapids junior
  • Megan Isom, Howell junior
  • Lauren Jones, Brighton senior
  • Karl Luedtke, Frankfort sophomore
  • Connor Mayer, Interlochen freshman
  • Amanda Nouhan, West Branch sophomore
  • Keara Parker, Hudsonville sophomore
  • Marianna Smith, Ludington senior
  • Hannah Tardiff, Plymouth freshman
  • Beau Wilcox, Vanderbilt sophomore
Story published on April 04, 2016