Model UN Triumphs at Yale Conference

Lawrenceville’s Model United Nations (MUN) team competed at the 45th annual Yale Model United Nations conference, an international relations simulation, from last Thursday, January 17, to this past Sunday.

Lawrenceville’s Model United Nations (MUN) team competed at the 45th annual Yale Model United Nations conference, an international relations simulation, from last Thursday, January 17, to this past Sunday. More than 1,800 delegates from over 40 countries gathered at the conference, assuming the roles of United Nations representatives, members of international bodies, and policymakers in national cabinets.

Led by Lawrenceville MUN Club Advisor Kim McMenamin, the team consisted of V Formers Sahil Malhotra, Stephanie Yoon, Cameron Desnoes, Shaezmina Khan, Lex Decker, Zain Fazal, and Rishi Bagaria and IV Formers Anika Bagaria, Chris Delaney, Dami Kim, Arya Singh, and Deven Kinney.

Each Lawrenceville student participated in a separate committee, which ranged from 12 to over 90 delegates in size. In these committees, they tackled issues such as international security, political and economic development, human rights, and sustainability. Students prepared for the competition by practicing their opening speeches in conference simulations. In addition, each student gathered research and wrote a position paper detailing a unique resolution to their committee topic.

“You have to be able to alter your public speaking according to the environment. For example, if other people in the room are aggressive, you have project your voice and stand out [from the rest],” Decker said, speaking on his strategy.

Yoon, Khan, Fazal, Decker, and Anika Bagaria were each awarded Best Delegate in their respective committees; Desnoes earned Outstanding Delegate; and Kim, Singh, Malhotra, and Delaney received Honorable Mentions. Overall, the Lawrenceville team won the Outstanding Small Delegation award.

McMenamin said, “The last four days have been an incredible experience for our delegation. The team has been preparing for months, and it showed. Each Lawrentian was critically engaged in speaking, collaborating, and drafting resolutions during all seven committee sessions.”

On Lawrenceville winning Outstanding Small Delegation, Khan, who served as co-head delegate, said, “I am very happy with our performance. We don’t compete at many conferences, so for us to excel where it counts is really great […] I’m also proud of how hard we worked to prepare, especially given the busyness of Lawrenceville.”

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