From November 16-19, 30 students from the Greenwich High School Model United National team competed at the Princeton University Model United Nations Conference – a conference of around 1,100 delegates from all over the US and the world.
GHS collected eight awards despite this year’s elevated level of competition.
“This year’s Princeton University Model United Nations Conference was a highly rewarding experience, yet nonetheless challenging. The level of debate and competition definitely increased, and with it, our team rose to the challenge,” said Julia Blank, a GHS sophomore.
Multiple students agreed that this year’s conference was extremely rigorous. However, for most, the focus of the experience was not the awards, but the “camaraderie within the club,” said sophomore Matt Meyers.
“There are few extra-curriculars that can bring underclassmen and upperclassmen together as well as Model UN does,” said sophomore Zane Khader.
Throughout the conference, experienced members mentored students new to Model UN. Through nightly debrief sessions and pairings of inexperienced delegates with veterans, students worked together to develop one another’s abilities and confidence.
“I was ecstatic to see some of our newer members blossom over the course of the four days,” said PMUNC Honorable Delegate winner and GHS Model UN club Co-President Alexandra Braverman.
“In addition to walking away with a sense of confidence in their diplomatic abilities, members of the GHS delegation left with a sense of belonging in having made deep bonds with students from a variety of backgrounds and grades they would have never otherwise met,” she said.
Seniors Alexandra Braverman and Willa Doss, juniors Sara Scanlan and Zack Lori, and freshman Wyatt Radzin were all recognized as Honorable Delegates in their committees. Sophomore Emilia Thornton and junior Monique Nikolov received Verbal Commendations. Sophomore Melissa Woo received the Best Position Paper Award.
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