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Model UN Team ‘Outstanding’ at Regional for 26th Straight Year

Alma advances to the National Model UN Conference March 24-28 in New York City. 

For the 26th straight year, Alma College students received top honors at the Midwest Model United Nations Conference.

Competing Feb. 20-23 in St. Louis, Mo., Alma students representing the countries of Argentina and Indonesia received “outstanding delegation” recognition, the highest award at the conference. More than 600 students representing 75 delegations from colleges and universities throughout the Midwest participated in the conference.

Alma College teams have won 48 “outstanding” awards at the Midwest Regional since 1994.

“It was an outstanding performance by our students,” says Derick Hulme, faculty coordinator of Model UN at Alma College. “Nineteen of the 23 Alma students who competed received delegation or individual recognition. Seventeen members of our team were first-time participants at a Model UN regional conference.”

Alma advances to the National Model UN Conference March 24-28 in New York City. Alma has won top honors at the national conference for 22 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 DELEGATIONS

Students representing Argentina:
Tianyu Chen, junior from Japan
Maris Fett, Owosso first-year student
Nino Lazariia, Moscow, Russia, senior
Sam Nelson, Grand Haven junior
Sophia Payne, Grosse Ile first-year student
Preston Riegel, Grosse Point Park first-year student
Rakkshet Singhaal, Delhi, India, first-year student
Abbey Swanson, Bay City sophomore

Students representing Indonesia
Lauren Dempz, Berlin, Mich., first-year student
Nathan Fetter, Pontiac first-year student
Elizabeth Flatoff, Highland junior
Alyssa Gibson, Woodstock, Ill, first-year student
Keara Parker, Hudsonville senior
Sean Pauley, Grand Rapids sophomore
Eleanor Smith, Troy first-year student

Students named “outstanding delegates”:
Lauren Dempz, Berlin, Mich., first-year student
Nathan Fetter, Pontiac first-year student
Elizabeth Flatoff, Highland junior
Keara Parker, Hudsonville senior
Sean Pauley, Grand Rapids sophomore

Students recognized as “honorable mention” delegates:
Tianyu Chen, junior from Japan
Maris Fett, Owosso first-year student
Brenden Forster, Lapeer first-year student
Mackenzie Hetzler, Marshall first-year student
Nino Lazariia, Moscow, Russia, senior
Kennedy MacGirr, Frankfort first-year student
Brendan Murdie, Novi first-year student
Sam Nelson, Grand Haven junior
Brittany Pierce, Leslie sophomore
Preston Riegel, Grosse Point Park first-year student
Aubrey Root, Midland sophomore
Anna Shokina, Moscow, Russia, senior
Rakkshet Singhaal, Delhi, India, first-year student
Emily Wood, Midland first-year student

Story published on February 28, 2019