The Lincoln Academy Model United Nations team attended their first conference for the 2014-2015 season at the University of Connecticut from November 7 through November 9, 2014. Twelve students participated as delegates in various United Nation committees debating topics including the global use of vaccines, ownership of Antarctica, economic strife in the South China Sea, microfinance in the developed and underdeveloped world, ethnic conflict in the Central African Republic, and digital piracy. Each delegate represents a country in the United Nations (LA’s assigned countries included Australia, Pakistan, Morocco, and Central African Republic) and helps their committee work together to resolve their assigned conflicts.
The LA team showed a strong presence at the conference. Alex Welch was the runner up for the Betty Hansen award, a conference-wide recognition. Liam Dworkin was awarded Best Delegate in the U.N. International Children’s Fund. Elise Dumont was awarded Best Delegate in the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Camden Reiss was awarded Most Improved Delegate in the U.N. Environment Programme. Abe Steinberger was awarded Honorable Mention for Best Delegate in the World Health Organization.
Being part of the Model UN team helps students improve their public speaking skills and understanding of international diplomacy. Students are grateful for the skills they learn in the program, as junior Elise Dumont says, “Model UN has helped me experience the world’s problems in a unique way, allowing me to learn to compromise to resolve conflicts.” According to senior Liam Dworkin, “MUN has taught me a multitude of useful skills, but the most important is to think globally.” Senior Camden Reiss says, “MUN has helped me to gain the confidence to speak in front of other people.”
The LA Model UN team will attend conferences at Boston University in February, Dartmouth College in April, and University of Maine in May.