WA Model UN Earns Major Awards at Nationals, Ranked 7th in Nation
Posted by Julia Budd on 3/19/2018
Early in March The Woodstock Academy’s Model United Nations team traveled to New York City for the National High School Model United Nations Conference. The national conference brought together delegations from across the country and ended with a closing ceremony in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. The Academy’s all-senior delegation earned second place at the conference and was one of only ten teams to earn an Award of Excellence among over three hundred high school delegations. These awards, combined with recognition earned at other conferences and the team’s overall performance throughout the year, earned The Woodstock Academy Model UN program the distinctive ranking of seventh in the nation.
Additionally, senior William Hamill from Brooklyn earned an Outstanding Delegate award. Hamill, who has participated in Model UN for the duration of his time at The Woodstock Academy, said “receiving an award at my final conference was truly a blessing,” but added that he was “much more appreciative of receiving a delegation award as it shows the combined effort of our entire team and all the work and effort they put in.” The Academy’s high-performing delegation at NHSMUNC consisted of Ethan Werstler, William Schad, William Hamill, Margaret McLoughlin, Jared MacDonald, Jake Racicot, Wanjiru Gatheru, Brendan Chapuis, Anna Murphy, Nicholas Smith, and Erica Frost.
Since its beginning in 1968, WA Model UN has grown to attract over 100 participants between the club for freshmen and sophomores and the travel team of juniors and seniors who have taken international relations courses at The Academy. Students who participate in Model UN and able to develop a better understanding of the world and international politics as well as mature in public speaking, writing, research, and teamwork.
The WA Model UN program will host the fourth annual Woodstock Academy Model UN Conference on April 28, 2018 at The Woodstock Academy. Academy students plan and facilitate this conference for their peers from high schools around Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York.