Tag: Model UN

Centennial’s Model UN Takes on Johns Hopkins Model UN Conference

Words: Maggie Ju

36 delegates from Centennial’s Model United Nations club attended the Johns Hopkins Model UN Conference (JHUMUNC) in the Hilton Baltimore from February 8 to 11. Nearly 1,800 delegates, a record high, were present. Organized and staffed by Johns Hopkins’ students, the conference’s six sessions were an opportunity for high school students to simulate international relations while solving issues.

The Centennial delegates, chosen for club participation, had been preparing since winter break to understand their topics. Their hard work came to fruition as they worked in committees, some with as many as 100 people, to write resolutions. In addition to the countless students from Maryland, delegates hailed from as far away as Minnesota and Wisconsin. According to the organizers’ remarks, there were even international students attending the conference.

JHUMUNC, with its formally dressed delegates and professional air, appeared completely serious and rigid, but the laughter and stories shared outside the committee rooms proved otherwise. Highlights included a saxophone solo in the Legal Committee, a Darwinism-based plan in the Special Conference on the Environment and Natural Disasters, and the recurring theme of inappropriate acronyms for resolutions.

Sophomore Sydney Kelley, Centennial MUN’s spring coordinator, said, “I felt that the hardest task as spring coordinator was trying to organize everything. It required a lot of multitasking and communication, which seemed overwhelming at times.”

Each delegate submitted a form with roommate, country, and committee preferences, which meant tough decisions on Kelley’s part to ensure all students got something they wanted.

“It was really motivating to hear that people were enjoying their committee sessions, rooms, and the various JHUMUNC events,” Kelley said.

In the hours between committee sessions, delegates had the opportunity to eat at various Baltimore restaurants, watch musical performances by Johns Hopkins students at a social event, and attend the Delegate Dance.

JHUMUNC was Centennial freshman Lauren Stipe’s first collegiate conference. She exclaimed, “I met a lot of great new people, and my committee even had a moderated caucus for compliments at the end!”

During the closing ceremony, junior Robert Gao and senior Alex Na received the Honorable Mention Delegate award in their respective committees.

Na explained that his initiatives in the United Nations Security Council Committee, including the simulated assassination of Kim Jong Un and support of foreign aid programs, likely factored into his candidacy for the award. Despite his strong points, his confidence wavered when it came to awards.

“Since it was one of my first crisis committees, I never fully grasped the concept of sending directives,” he said. “Because of this, I started to doubt my chances of winning so it was a sweet moment hearing my name.”

Delegates left the conference with smiles, pausing to take last-minute pictures with friends and exchanging contact information.

“I wish I could do it again next weekend,” Stipe said.

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Competitions This Past Weekend

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

This weekend, Model UN, Model Arab League, and Science Olympiad held tournaments, competitions, and conferences.

Centennial’s Model UN participated in the Baltimore Area Model UN conference, hosted by Mount Saint Joseph and Seton Keough. Jack Grandolfo placed first and was named best delegate on the Security Council, Dora Delmelo was named best delegate on the Specialized Committee, and Philemon Kendzierski was named best delegate for Crisis Number Two. Connor Heslin was named best delegate and presented the best position paper. Brittney Murgesan was named Outstanding Delegate and placed second on the Specialized Committee, while Radhika Gholap, Gesna Aggarwal, and Alex Na received honorable mentions.

Georgetown University hosted a Model Arab League conference this weekend, where the Centennial delegation represented Saudi Arabia. Julie Wang served on the Summit of Arab Heads of State, Thomas Regnante on the Council on Palestinian Affairs, Amy Guo on the Council of Arab Environmental Affairs Ministers, and Niti Contractor on the Council on Political Affairs. Wang and Regnante were named distinguished delegates, while Guo and Contractor were named outstanding delegates.

Centennial’s Science Olympiad earned first place at Saturday’s State Tournament at Johns Hopkins University. Kathy Klyushnichenko, Sarah Ho, Helen Kuo, Angela Zhu, Suzie Byun, Jason Li, Eric Metz, and Tom Zong won gold medals. Emma Qian, Mahesh Sullivan, and Tomo Yamaguchi earned silver medals. Honorable mentions were awarded to Chy Murali, Felicia Wang, Nicole Meister, and Gordon Wu.

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CHS’ Model UN Team Goes to Hopkins

Words: Miranda Mason

From February 7 to February 10, Centennial’s Model UN Club competed in the Johns Hopkins University Model UN Conference, with sophomores Emily Abdow and Daniel Park receiving an honorable mention.

At the event there were around 1,800 student competitors, with four countries and 26 states represented. The purpose of the conference was to simulate the environment of the United Nations with various debates, the attending students acting as delegates from countries all across the world.

Park received his honorable mention for working as a delegate of Guatemala, and Abdow won her mention for her representation in the Women’s Rights Commission for Syria.

“The conference was great especially because we could meet all the people from around the world. It was a great experience and a lot of fun,” said Park.

Fances Galante, a CHS government teacher and the Model UN advisor, said, “They were a great team this year. I’m really proud of all of them.”