GHS Model United Nations Club Receives Record Honors

Greenwich High School Model United Nations Club Members.

The weekend of Feb. 1, Greenwich High School’s Model United Nations Club participated in the Sixty-Seventh Session of Harvard Model United Nations Conference, a prestigious program that gathers high school delegates and their faculty advisors to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Seventeen Greenwich High School students were recognized for their performance, representing the most successful showing the school’s club has had at this event.

Student delegates are eligible for several tiers of recognition during their participation in the program. These include, in order of prestige: BEST, denoting a top delegate or partner pair in the committee; OUTSTANDING, usually awarded to two delegates or pairs; HONORABLE, generally given to between three or four delegates or pairs; DIPLOMATIC, given to students who were just outside the cusp of an official award.

Greenwich High School History Teacher and Model UN Club Advisor Mr. Ian Tiedemann shared, “Prior to the award ceremony I was already incredibly proud of the GHS Model UN team. They are hard-working, collaborative and responsible students; they also care for one another and promote an inclusive team mentality. Having so many students recognized for their performance at Harvard was a well-deserved conclusion to a learning experience that began several months ago. I am deeply appreciative of my team leaders, who take an active role in designing activities and mentoring new members. This latest success is a testament to their efforts.”

Below is a list of Greenwich High School students, their award designation, their assigned assembly or committee and the topic for which they were recognized:

General Assemblies and ECOSOC Committees as Canada – Topic – Student(s) and Grade – Award

Futuristic GA – Palestine Israel Conflict, 2030 – Akshay Joglekar (12), Archer Manning (9) – *HONORABLE*

International Monetary Fund, 1982 – Debt Crisis of the 1980s – Nikhil Khanna (11), David Katz (11) – *OUTSTANDING*

UNEP – Promoting Food Security – Emilia Thornton (12),  Tim Kim (12) – *OUTSTANDING*

Org. American States – Public Health in the Americas – Emma Burstiner (12) – *DIPLOMATIC*

Status of Women – The Economic Empowerment of Women in Rural Area – Julia Blank (12), Veda Swaminathan (10) – *HONORABLE*

Science, Tech, Development – Advances in Biotechnology – Aarya Dhru (10), Ambika Grover (9) – *BEST*

Population and Development – Informal Settlements and Urban Development – Kwame Boateng (10), Ben Shi (10) – *DIPLOMATIC*


Specialized Committees – Role – Student and Grade – Award

Paris Peace Conference and the Treaty of Versailles – Russia – Vladamir Lenin – Matthew Meyers (12) – *OUTSTANDING*

Imperial Divan of Sultan Mehmed II – Baltaoglu Suleiman – Zane Khader (12) – *DIPLOMATIC*

Global Technology Summit – Sundar Pichai – CEO of Google – Melissa Woo (12) – *BEST*

Pirate Confederation of Ching Shih – Cheng San – Luis Quisumbing (12) – *HONORABLE*

The sixty-seventh session of Harvard Model United Nations was held from Thursday, January 30, to Sunday, February 2, 2020. According to the program, more than 4,000 high school delegates and their faculty advisors gathered to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. With the help of a staff of over 230 Harvard University undergraduates, delegates were asked to step into the role of international decision makers, negotiate on major international crises, and craft innovative policy solutions. Every year, Harvard MUN attracts some of the most promising young leaders from around the world. At the sixty-sixth session, delegates hailed from over 57 countries—making HMUN the largest and one of the most international high school model UN conferences in the world.

About the Harvard Model United Nations:
Harvard Model United Nations is a four-day international relations simulation for high school students held annually in downtown Boston. At HMUN, delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of world leaders and international decision makers. HMUN is an exciting opportunity for young leaders to debate the most pressing issues of the day and to draft innovative, creative solutions. Participants will develop several skills throughout this process, including but not limited to: public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, and policy crafting.

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