Model United Nations Wraps Up Banner Year

The Model United Nations club achieved with many exciting "firsts," including achievements both for members and the club as a whole. At WMHSMUN, held at William & Mary, the club worked hard, debated well, and won the Coon Award for Diplomacy. This award is given to the school that best embodies the ideals of diplomacy. 

Later in the year the club attended RICHMUND at Henrico High School. There, MLWGS won Best Large Delegation Award. In early January a small delegation of newer club members attended the Gar-Field Model United Nations conference. The club also attended Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC) which was held at the University of Pennsylvania - by far the most competitive conference ever attended, where MLWGS won multiple awards. This conference and WMHSMUN allowed MLWGS to be recognized on the Best Delegate site which records schools that have performed exceptionally well. The club also attended VIMUNC, held at Langley High School, where MLWGS won the Best Delegation Award.

Twelve Juniors and Seniors also attended its first international conference, RCIMUN, at Roberts College in Istanbul. This conference didn't offer awards, which inspired friendlier debate. RCIMUN also had a very distinct form of debate that is more commonly used in Europe than in the United States. 

GSMUN XVII also marked another "first." Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, spoke at the conference along with Dr. Sakena Yacoobi,  founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning. GSMUN, with the help of fundraising and the delegates attending managed to raise 11,000 dollars for the Afghan Institute of Learning.

The Model United Nations club looks forward to welcoming new members for 2014-15.