Under the leadership of Ms. Ibourk and club presidents Marcia Zimmerman ’15, Gabe Snyder ’14, Alex Fissler ’13, and Alex Freedgood ’13, the Beaver Model UN group has grown from six students to more than thirty members this year. The MUN club meets weekly to research, debate, and seek solutions to international challenges.
This February, the Beaver MUN group had an excellent weekend at BosMUN, a Model UN event sponsored by Boston University at the Park Plaza Hotel. Many members of our group of thirty delegates showed a great deal of promise in their committees. Each delegate had the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, and learn about the subtleties of negotiation and diplomacy while addressing problems that ranged from international drug trafficking to the crisis in Syria, at this conference.
We had three students recognized at this conference: a significant accomplishment given the competitive nature of the event! Henry Bailey ’15 received a commendation for his performance in the MSEDN (Multilateral Summit of Emerging and Developing Nations.) As representative of Morocco, Henry showed great promise in this, his first Model UN Conference. He drafted directives that sought to address conflict between developing nations, and spoke powerfully in defense of his arguments.
Kate Lambroza ’14 won “Best Position Paper” in her historical committee, the Italian Cabinet of 1978. Her writing reflected a powerful analysis of the Red Brigades, a revolutionary group that was powerful in this era. Kate was a stand-out in her committee, showing a natural aptitude for debate and public speaking.
Last, but definitely not least, Alex Freedgood ’13 won the esteemed honor of “Best Delegate” in his highly competitive committee, the International Court of Justice (ICJ.) Alex spoke powerfully and drafted thoughtful directives that dealt with two highly complex and nuanced issues: the Serbian/Croatian conflict of the 1990’s, and an ongoing border dispute between Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
The Beaver MUN team is currently preparing for the Global Classrooms National Model UN conference, which will take place in New York City this May.