Students Host Model UN on Campus

Friday, June 11, 2021
Students representing different countries participate in Model UN

On Saturday, May 29, six students from Mercersburg’s Model United Nations performance group activity hosted a campus-centered Model UN Conference in the Edwards Room in Keil Hall. PGA members Justin An ’23, Arianna Campi ’22, Frances Elwood ’23, Kevin Hang ’24, Anish Shrestha ’24, and Joe Zimmerman ’22 worked throughout the spring term to put together the event. 

“From researching what type of committee and topic to do to preparing the background guide and deciding roles during the conference, the group worked hard to pull off a successful event!” says Justine O’Connell, Model UN adviser. 

Twelve students from all grade levels at the Academy participated in the General Assembly-style committee session on the power of the Permanent Five members of the UN Security Council. Students debated the veto powers of the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, and France, as well as the possibility for a more diverse representation of nations to become permanent members of the UNSC. While a couple nations threatened to leave the UN on the basis of some of the proposals, collaboration, diplomacy and compromise ultimately prevailed, leading to a peaceful end to the committee session. 

Dalila Melkumova ’21, who represented Iran, and Maddy Gillner ’22, who represented Australia, received verbal commendations for their work during committee sessions. Gabe McGuire ’24 won Outstanding Delegate for his work as a delegate of France, and Andrew Leibowitz ’24 won Best Delegate of the conference for his efforts as the delegate of the Netherlands. 

The Model UN PGA hopes to put on more campus-centered events in the 2021-2022 school year and welcomes students of all levels to come and engage in debate and diplomacy. Parents, visit Mercersburg’s Vidigami to see more photos from the event.

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