Eighteen Willistonians participated in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 12th annual Model UN conference, MIT MUNC, on February 8 and 9. Williston students joined more than 300 students from across the world to debate issues such as women’s access to education, nuclear nonproliferation, international space regulations, and futuristic apocalypse scenarios involving the likes of Tony Stark. Williston students worked through 12 hours in their separate committees in order to find solutions to these problems.
At the end of every conference, committee chairs acknowledge outstanding performance by awarding certificates of commendation. Nine Williston students received awards for their performance in their respective committees. For some context, six awards were given in each committee (three honorable mention, one Outstanding Delegate, one Best Delegate, one Best Position Paper) and each committee contained between 30 and 40 delegates. (In other words, our Wildcats did really well.)
- Best Delegate – Liam Coughlin ’21 representing Dunkin Donuts and Costco in the Joint Crisis Committee
- Best Position Paper – Nathan Shatz ’21 representing Chevron in the Joint Crisis Committee.
- Outstanding Delegate – Gabriel Davila Bustamante ’21 representing Syria in International Criminal Court (ICC)
- Outstanding Delegate – Shez Zangmo ‘20 representing Sweden in UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. (UNWOMEN)
- Honorable Mention – Austin Conroy ’23 representing Chile in International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- Honorable Mention – Anita Hua ’22 representing Italy in Disarmament International Security Committee (DISEC)
- Honorable Mention – Emily O’Brien ’21 representing Sweden in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
- Honorable Mention – Adam Shatz ’23 representing Bolivia in UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- Honorable Mention – Sari Yamagata ’22 representing Italy in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)