Last weekend, 12 Lawrentians—Shaezmina Khan ’19, Stephanie Yoon ’19, Sahil Malhotra ’19, Cameron Desnoes ’19, Lex Decker ’19, Zain Fazal ’19, Rishi Bagaria ’19, Dami Kim ’20, Arya Singh ’20, Deven Kinney ’20, Anika Bagaria ’20, and Chris Delaney ’20—traveled to New Haven, Conn., to attend the 45th Yale Model United Nations conference.
The twelve Lawrentians are dedicated members of Lawrenceville’s Model United Nations club, in which students role-play as a country or political entity to discuss international and diplomatic issues. The club also attends one to two conferences a year, in which they debate students from schools across the country and the world.
During the Yale conference, the twelve delegates were separated into various committees to tackle issues ranging from mental health to sustainable agriculture. By collaborating with their committee members, they developed and passed “resolutions,” or action plans, to address issues within their respective committees.
After four days of debate, a small number of students were recognized in an awards ceremony. Within their respective committees, Khan, Yoon, Decker, Fazal, and Anika Bagaria won the Best Delegate award. Desnoes won the Outstanding Delegate award; Malhotra, Kim, and Singh won the Honorable Delegate award. Furthermore, Lawrenceville as a whole won the award for Outstanding Small Delegation.
The Model UN Club Advisor, History Master Kim 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.”
Khan, one of the two Head Delegates along with Yoon, remarked, “We are incredibly proud of our team for excelling at the conference and putting in so much effort and time. It was an exhausting weekend with heavy exposure to roleplaying and diplomatic relations.”
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