Alma Sets Record at National Model UN Conference
Alma College students shattered the record books at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City.
Competing March 30 to April 3, Alma College received “outstanding delegation” recognition for the 14th consecutive year — the longest active winning streak of any college or university at the national conference.
With both of Alma’s teams receiving “outstanding” awards, Alma College became the winningest school in the 88-year history of the conference with 26 “outstanding” awards. Alma’s two teams — representing the countries of Antigua and Barbuda, and Malawi — also both received “outstanding” recognition for the quality of their written materials.
“This was an historical performance, one of the most dominating we’ve had at the national conference,” said faculty advisor Derick “Sandy” Hulme. “We had an amazing blend of veteran student competitors and first-year students who put on a magical performance.”
The national conference in New York is the largest and most prestigious collegiate Model UN competition in the world, with more than 5,000 students competing from 29 countries on 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.
Members of “outstanding delegation” teams
Antigua and Barbuda delegation:
Chris Bilski, Lowell freshman
Kristin Blommer, Charlotte sophomore
Nicole Bursach, Greenville sophomore
Chelsea Clark, Coopersville junior
Letha Dolza, Davisburg senior
Taylor Gibson, Gowen senior
Hunter Hill, Midland sophomore
Grant Isley, Midland freshman
Tyler Jenkins, Vassar freshman
Brianne Jennings, Augusta senior
Alison Oswald, Ypsilanti junior
Kyle Payne, Elsie junior
Elizabeth Wayne, St. Clair freshman
Kelsey Allen, Bay City freshman
David Bechtold, Idaho Falls, Idaho, senior
Sarah Bechtold, Idaho Falls, Idaho, sophomore
Rachel Blackhurst, Midland senior
Spencer Caldwell-McMillan, Haslett junior
Christopher Chesney, Brownstown junior
Alaina Dague, Lake freshman
Katie Gordon, Muskegon freshman
Jon Haley, Harrison freshman
Josh Hodge, Marshall senior
Danielle Jellison, Ithaca senior
Emily Neil, Midland senior
Madeleine Randolet, Midland freshman
Lauren Shaw, Saginaw junior
Stephanie Shinn, Ada freshman
Kyla Wojtas, Macomb junior
Ashley Yuill, Midland freshman
Posted: Fri, April 9th, 2010 at 5:26PM