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Model UN Team ‘Outstanding’ at Regional for 25th Straight Year

Alma College teams have won 46 “outstanding” awards at the Midwest Regional since 1994.

For the 25th straight year, Alma College students received top honors at the Midwest Model United Nations Conference.

Competing Feb. 21-24 in St. Louis, Mo., the Alma team representing the country of Tanzania received “outstanding delegation” recognition, the highest award at the conference. In addition, the Alma team representing the country of Thailand 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 46 “outstanding” awards at the Midwest Regional since 1994.

“Our team performed exceptionally well,” says Derick Hulme, faculty coordinator of Model UN at Alma College. “Our combination of extraordinarily talented veterans and passionate, enthusiastic new folks give us high hopes for an exceptional performance at the upcoming National Model UN conference in New York.”

Alma advances to the National Model UN Conference March 25-29 in New York City. Alma has won top honors at the national conference for 21 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 Tanzania:

  • Hannah Chrome, Mason first-year student
  • Rose Cyburt, St. Clair Shores sophomore
  • Jacob Isom, Howell first-year student
  • Samuel Nelson, Grand Haven first-year student
  • Brittany Pierce, Leslie first-year student
  • Grace Smith, Frankenmuth first-year student
  • Madison Swope, Jackson sophomore
  • Blaze Wilson, Temperance first-year student

“Honorable Mention” members representing Thailand:

  • Austin Barajas, Holland sophomore
  • Cassidy Beach, Pinckney first-year student
  • Alexandra Dudock, Davison first-year student
  • Destiny Herbers, Roscommon first-year student
  • Anna Kildisheva, international
  • Kennedy MacGirr, Frankfort junior
  • Irina Vetchinkina, international

Students named “outstanding delegates”:

  • Cassidy Beach, Pinckney first-year student
  • Rose Cyburt, St. Clair Shores sophomore
  • Anna Kildisheva, international
  • Kennedy MacGirr, Frankfort junior
  • Samuel Nelson, Grand Haven first-year student
  • Grace Smith, Frankenmuth first-year student
  • Madison Swope, Jackson sophomore
  • Irina Vetchinkina, international student

Students recognized as “honorable mention” delegates:

  • Montgomery Finch, Williamsburg first-year student
  • Jacob Isom, Howell first-year student
  • Brittany Pierce, Leslie first-year student
  • Tanvi Sharma, Saginaw sophomore
Story published on February 27, 2018