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MUN knocks out competition at NAIMUN

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Seniors Hijaan Mitha, Thomas Lovegren, Claudia Bermudez, Sofia Godoy and Kenzo Kimura celebrate after the award ceremony. Godoy received Best Delegate, and Kimura and Bermudez both received Outstanding Delegate. (Photo submitted by Kenzo Kimura)

Armed with legal pads and draft resolutions, Model United Nations (MUN) students braved the cold weather and traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete at North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN). The conference, hosted at Georgetown University Feb. 14-17, consisted of about 3,000 students from around the world competing in a variety of committees from the World Health Organization to a Provisional Government of Cuba in 1898.

“The competition at NAIMUN is incredibly tough,” senior and MUN Co-President Mikhal Ben-Joseph said. “These are the best schools in the country and in the world that come to compete at the ‘Superbowl’ of high school MUN, and they are all competing to win. The competition is extremely well-researched, seasoned in MUN and determined to succeed, which drives our team to push even harder.”

The drive Ben-Joseph described culminated in the 24 individual awards students won at the end of the conference, an impressive feat, Ben-Joseph explained, given that novices comprised much of the team.

“I think the team truly shined at this NAIMUN,” Ben-Joseph said. “We brought more novices than we ever have before, and we still gave a superstar performance across the board.”

For Ben-Joseph and her fellow MUN seniors, NAIMUN also marks their second to last conference in high school. Their final conference, National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) in New York City, will take place in early March.

“Leaving MUN is extremely bittersweet, but I think I speak for the team seniors when I say I have gotten a tremendous amount of happiness and fulfillment out of this activity,” Ben-Joseph said.

Best Delegate

Sofia Godoy
Daniela Velez
Mikhal Ben-Joseph
Eric Bazail
Jackson Arnberg
Aamir Lacewala
Azzara Nincevic
Alex Yang

Outstanding Delegate

Annabella Lugo
Kenzo Kimura
Rayyan Merchant
Claudia Bermudez
Harrison Krimsky

Honorable Mention

Jorge Rivera
Naila Charania
Logan Kapit
Jacob Kasner
Paul Yermish
Zaneer Mitha

Verbal Commendation

Shayaan Subzwari
Isabella Sharifi
Treasure D’Souza
Alexa Ruiz
Rohit Ramesh

Photos courtesy of Kenzo Kimura

Amber is the former print co-editor-in-chief of the 2018-2019 Patriot Post News Magazine as well as former staffer of the 2016-2018 Patriot Post staffs. She is currently a freshman at Dartmouth University.

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