The Cambridge-Isanti High School Model United Nations team maintained the momentum of last years national rankings with eleven individuals receiving awards at the University of Chicago Model United Nations (MUNUC) conference February 1-5. CIHS topped the other participating Minnesota schools attending including Blake, Edina and Rochester Mayo.
Parker Norton, Ben Williams, and Adam Guptill received the highest honor by taking Outstanding Delegation awards. Ethan Yerigan, Dakota Bender, Laura Dalrymple, Steve Pierce, and Sam Olson received Honorable Mention. Verbal Commendation awards were given to Ryan Nelson, Courtney Cveykus, and Steven Arriaza.
The MUNUC conference is attended by 2,800 students representing over 100 schools from the U.S., China, Mexico, and Canada. A model UN team takes on the role of a nation. Teams, or Delegations, as they are referred to, are assigned a nation that is a member of the United Nations. The Cambridge-Isanti team took on current and historical roles ranging from Germany to Ethiopia, India, and Seychelles Islands.
Delegates are expected to research these nations in order to be able to analyze issues presented at the conference. Using their public speaking and team building skills, they are expected to write resolutions and defend their positions in debates. Topics range from ‘space junk’ to famine to war, and beyond. The framework of the committee meetings resembles actual rules used in the United Nations that are also similar to Roberts Rules of Order.
The Model United Nations experience is a fun way to learn about the world. This global awareness is vital in gaining perspective for our young people today. Student Delegates practice leadership skills by using their public speaking skills to build a coalition of like minded delegates from other nations with various different interests. College admissions officers and job interviewers are looking for examples of leadership in their candidates. Being part of at Model United Nations team highlights this very important skill.
– By Howard Lewis, CIHS Model UN volunteer advisor