Model United Nations team off to a strong start in new season

CMC’s Model United Nations team had back-to-back victories in its first two events of the school year, winning at conferences at Georgetown and USC and boosting its national profile.

At Georgetown’s National Collegiate Security Conference last week in Washington, D.C., the team of eight delegates won the Best Small Delegation award.

Two CMCers were named Best Delegate in their committee: Thomas Schalke ’18 in the Bandung Conference, a simulation of a 1955 conference in Indonesia promoting Asia-Africa cooperation; and Joe Noss ’20 in Romanian Crown Council, a recreation of the 1937 council to advise the King of Romania on economic and social problems.

“Being awarded Best Small Delegation at a major East Coast conference is a huge win for our team,” CMCMUN President Kate Ridenour ’18 said. “This is going to give us another large bump in the national rankings.”

CMC was ranked 11th in the final 2016-2017 North American rankings, second on the West Coast. This year, Ridenour said, they are shooting to crack the top 10 nationally and move past UCLA into the top spot in the west.

Earlier last month, the team won the Best Large Delegation award at USC’s TrojanMUN Conference, with 17 members of the 26-person delegation receiving individual honors:

  • Best Delegate: Kate Ridenour ’18, Thomas Schalke ’18, Emma Houston ’19, Julian Rothschild ’20, Shreya Bhatnagar ’20, Sahib Bhasin ’21.
  • Outstanding Delegate: Ariana Kemp ’20, Joseph Noss ’20, Tobin Hansen ’20, Katie O’Neill ’21, Yoana Sidzhimova ’21.
  • Honorable mention: Payson Ruhl ’19, Andrew Ciacci ’20, Gemma Sykes ’20.
  • Verbal commendation: Jerry Li ’18, Teagan Stewart ’18, John Church ’21.

– Michael Tesauro