Model UN wins big at NAIMUN

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The Heritage Model United Nations (MUN) team traveled to Washington, D.C. Thursday, Feb. 16 to compete at Georgetown University’s North American Invitational Model United Nations conference. 

Dubbed by advisor and social studies teacher Mr. Mark Gruskin as the “Super Bowl” of MUN, NAIMUN is the largest student-run conference in the world, hosting over 3,300 delegates globally. 

In addition to the conference, the team enjoyed a private tour of the U.S. Capitol building and visits to the Latvian embassy, Georgetown University, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Museum of Air and Space and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. They also met Heritage graduates Saatvik Kaul, Eric Bazail and Jonah Slewitt.

After six committee sessions, each ranging from an hour to three hours long, 25 delegates emerged victorious. Here is the list of awards:

Best Delegate: sophomore Ian Lumer, juniors Evan Seifer and Anya Pinto

Outstanding Delegate: junior Aditya Sharma, seniors Hannah Stadtlander, Alizain Fatehali, Sofia Toledo and Aurora Lai

Book Award: seniors Andrei Codreanu and Mary Abi-Karam

Honorable Delegate: junior Austin Klein, seniors Rob Gioia, Trace Binder, Alfredo Vega and Sophia Abati

Verbal Commendation: sophomores Shreyan Singha, Emma Delgado, Evan Soy, juniors Jacob Feldman, Shania Mahmood, Melissa Bermudez, Jordan Antevy, seniors Zaara Lacewala, Consuelo Phelan and Srijan Deoraj

Students enjoyed great success at NAIMUN. The National High School Model UN conference in New York City will close out their MUN competition season. All photos taken by Laura Decelis.

Now a junior at American Heritage, Anya returns as co-Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the Patriot Post. With her passion for journalism, she is Co-Vice President of the Quill and Scroll Honor Society and President of the Current Events Club. As a Youth Ambassador for Bullets4Life, Anya advocates for gun control. She leads the student body as Co-President of SGA and competes nationally in Speech & Debate, Model UN, FBLA and Mock Trial. To relax, Anya hangs out with friends, swims, goes on walks and binge watches Netflix. She loves the beach, karaoke, good food and her lazy little dog Simba more than anything.