UN-USA Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference at the United Nations

Students have just returned from the UN-USA Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference at the United Nations. Beaver is thrilled to announce that the ten Beaver delegates, Henry Bailey ‘15, Dimitrius Keeler ‘15, Nancy Kacupaj ‘15, Cam Mayer ‘15, Marcia Zimmerman ‘15, Sydney Allen ‘14, Kate Lambroza ‘14, Jessica Ainooson ‘16, Pablo Fiori ‘16 and Alea Laidlaw ‘16 did a superb job at the conference.

Their work was so excellent that the UN-USA Association awarded the conference’s top award, the Secretary General’s Award for top school, to Beaver Country Day School! This was a huge honor for our students, who participated in this conference with 1,500 of their peers from 20 countries around the world. Our students have worked extremely hard this year to prepare for this conference, as well as conferences at Boston University and Harvard University, and this award was recognition of their dedication, tenacity and talent. –Advisors, Tiffany Anderson and Sumaya Ibourk

In addition to winning the conference’s grand prize, eight out of ten of Beaver students also won individual awards in committee.

Henry Bailey ’15 and Dimitrius Keeler ’15 were both named Best Delegate in their committee, the UNODC. They spoke eloquently and argued passionately on behalf of international drug control norms, and were the sponsors of a 34 clause resolution that aimed to alleviate drug violence internationally.

Kate Lambroza ’14 and Sydney Allen ’14 also received the distinction of Best Delegate for their work advocating for children’s rights and the end of child marriage in UNICEF. They are both excellent speakers and negotiators, and rose to the top of the 52 member committee.

Marcia Zimmerman ’15 and Alea Laidlaw ’16 both received Honorable Mention for their excellent work in the UN Women committee. They proposed innovative methods for expanding the role of women in governance and policy making.

Jessica Ainooson ’16 and Pablo Fiori ’16 won Honorable Mention in ECOSOC for their work addressing the needs environmentally displaced peoples around the world. They collaborated beautifully, and demonstrated excellent negotiation and public speaking skills.

Nancy Kacupaj ’15 and Cam Mayer ’15 were both very actively engaged participants in their committee, UNESCO. They were both sponsors on a resolution that sought to increase access for peoples with disabilities.

This conference was really an opportunity for the students to shine. They represented Beaver exceptionally well, and they are very proud of, and impressed by their work!

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