A Model (UN) of Success

Model UN is going here in May!

Over the past year, St. Luke’s has truly “upped the ante” on its Model UN program. Since the club’s resurrection in September (thanks to the dedication of seniors Sam Posner and Sam Levy, and Faculty Advisor Mrs. Yavenditti), Model UN has found itself flush with new members, ready and willing to roll up their sleeves and tackle some intense geopolitical problem-solving.

After the success of the Simulated United Nations at Brown University this past November, Mrs. Yavenditti has arranged for the SLS MUN to attend the 13th Annual Global Classrooms International High School Model UN Conference (GCIMUN).  This event will be held in New York, NY on May 17th-19th and will bring together students from all over the world to examine issues ranging from the effects of atomic radiation to the roles of women in different societies.  This opportunity is extremely unique because it is a particularly large and well-renowned conference where the opening and closing ceremonies actually take place at the United Nations, in the General Assembly chamber.

Attending GCIMUN this May will be a group of 10 St. Luke’s sophomores, as the conference conflicts with the dates of the junior and senior prom.  This only makes a stronger case for the devotion of MUN members, who are putting aside their minute chances of attending prom a year early to stand together and valiantly represent (as one student put it) the “powerhouse country” of the Republic of Maldives. 

So how has model UN gone from virtually non-existent to one of the largest and most productive St Luke’s clubs? No doubt organized meetings and space in the CFL have played a huge role.  But most of MUN’s success is attributed to the fact that students have found, to quote a fellow MUN member, that the meets are not “festivals of mass geekery,” and that the conferences are unique and surprisingly fun opportunities.  With the track it is on now, it looks like the St. Luke’s Model UN team will continue to grow in years to come and will remain one of the most industrious and enthusiastic clubs of our community.

 —Melanie Bow, Staff Writer

 

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