For the 24th straight year, Alma College students received top honors at the Midwest Model United Nations Conference.
Competing Feb. 22-25 in St. Louis, Mo., the Alma teams representing the countries of Argentina and Libya received “outstanding delegation” recognition, the highest award at the conference. In addition, the Alma team representing the country of India received an honorable mention.
More than 600 students representing 75 delegations from colleges and universities throughout the Midwest participated in the conference.
Alma College teams have won 45 “outstanding” awards at the Midwest Regional since 1994.
“It was a magnificent performance by the students,” says Derick Hulme, faculty coordinator of Model UN at Alma College. “We had a talented group of first-time students who competed at the regional, and we also had excellent leadership by our three veteran students.”
Alma advances to the National Model UN Conference March 19-23 in New York City. Alma has won top honors at the national conference for 20 consecutive years — the longest active winning streak in the nation.
Model UN attempts to replicate the real United Nations in a competitive manner. Teams of college students take on identities of countries, and delegates from each country meet in committee to propose, discuss and debate topics relevant to issues facing the world community. 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.
“Outstanding Delegation” members representing Argentina:
- Madison Amlotte, Alpena first-year student
- Anna Eaton, Edwardsburg sophomore
- Caroline Smerdon, Livonia first-year student
- Monika Tomica, Newberry first-year student
- Beau Wilcox, Gaylord junior
“Outstanding Delegation” members representing Libya:
- Austin Barajas, Holland first-year student
- Paige Bartkowiak, Dexter junior
- Rose Cyburt, St. Clair Shores first-year student
- Cloe Forray-Molica, Buchanan first-year student
- Madison Swope, Jackson first-year student
- Claudia Walter, Howell first-year student
“Honorable Mention” members representing India:
- Laney Alvarado, Bath first-year student
- Karina Ankrom, Bloomfield Hills sophomore
- Morgan Bradford, Grand Rapids first-year student
- Bridget Flanery, Sparta first-year student
- Jadon House, Brighton first-year student
- Keara Parker, Hudsonville junior
- Bennett Schmitt, Frankfort sophomore
Individual delegate recognition:
- Page Bartkowiak, Dexter junior