National Model UN Winning Streak Reaches 18 Years

“This year’s team was young, but … it was a group that meshed together very well. It was a remarkable accomplishment by our students.” — Derick Hulme

For the 18th consecutive year, Alma College students captured the highest awards at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City.

Competing March 30 through April 3, Alma College teams representing the countries of Guatemala and Madagascar received “outstanding delegation” recognition, the highest award at the conference. It is the 18th consecutive year in which Alma College teams have received one or more of the top awards.

Alma College has won 34 “outstanding delegation” awards — the most of any college or university in the 92-year history of the conference.

“This was one of our finest performances,” says Derick Hulme, Alma’s Model UN faculty adviser. “This year’s team was young, but is represented a combination of good veteran leadership and talented first-time students. It was a group that meshed together very well. It was a remarkable accomplishment by our students.”

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 50 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.

Representing the Guatemala Delegation:

* Isaac Burrell, McBain junior
* # Earl Carr, Plymouth freshman
# Luke Condon, Colon junior
Shane Cooper, Parma freshman
Joanna Delpaz, Macomb sophomore
# Jessica Drife, Garden City freshman
* # Alana DuLyn, Clarkston sophomore
# Lauren Engels, Livonia junior
* # Lisa Folkmire, Warren junior
* Tyler Goerge, Schoolcraft freshman
* Jessica Isler, Grand Rapids freshman
* # Megan Isom, Howell freshman
* # Michelle Jerezano Tegucigalpa, Honduras, senior
* Ari Kornelis, Holland senior
# Samantha Kulhanek, Shelby Township freshman
* # Kara Nic, Vicksburg junior
Maggie Peacock, Batavia, Ill., senior
Marianna Smith, Ludington sophomore
# Danialle Stebbins, St. Johns freshman
Grace Sutherland, Waterford freshman
# Jessica Zachar, Fruitport senior
Roger Zahn, Plymouth sophomore

Representing the Madagascar Delegation:

* Nicholas Arnold, Reese sophomore
# Caroline Asiala, Washington, D.C., junior
* Morgan Beeler, Fremont senior
* Katie Closner, Marquette senior
# Nicole Eccles, La Mesa, Calif., sophomore
Jake Fox, Marysville sophomore
Lindsay Giannotta, St. Clair Shores freshman
* Emily Johnson, Commerce senior
# Lauren Jones, Brighton junior
* Aleia McKessy, Charlotte junior
Tracy Oberle, Bay City sophomore
Chloe Secor, Davison senior
* # Matt Yettaw, Ortonville junior

* Individuals receiving “outstanding delegate” recognition for their conference performance

# Individuals receiving “outstanding” recognition for their written submissions


Story published on April 07, 2014