Distinguished and outstanding
The JCCC Model United Nations team ended its 2011-2012 season with two major coups.
The first was winning two coveted awards at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) in New York City. The second was the chance April 11 to host the Metro Kansas City Model United Nations (MKCMUN) for area high schools and middle schools.
The Model United Nations team received a Distinguished Delegation Award and an Outstanding Position Paper Award at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) March 31-April 5 in New York City.
The team was awarded the Distinguished Delegation Award for its portrayal of Kenya during the NMUN conference where colleges and universities from around the world gathered to discuss and debate global concerns.
The Distinguished Delegation Award is based upon team members’ ability to stay in character (such as advocating for the assigned country’s position), to participate in committee in both formal and informal caucusing sessions and to follow proper NMUN procedures.
The Outstanding Position Paper Award recognizes pre-conference preparation. JCCC received the award for the topics of Combating Human Trafficking; Development and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and Transnational Organized Crime.
Position Paper Awards are judged on the overall quality of writing, mechanics, citations of relevant sources, analysis of issues and the general consistency with bloc/geopolitical constraints.
“It is a very impressive achievement for JCCC students,” Wright said. “The National Model United Nations conference in New York City is the world's largest and most prestigious Model United Nations conference. Participants include major universities from throughout the world, each of which sets the main focus of their program on award recognition at New York.”
Despite its large size, the number of awards given at the conference is quite small, Wright said.
“Receiving these awards are great experiences for our students that will stay with them throughout their lives,” he said.
The awards capped off a seventh season of success for JCCC. The JCCC contingent has received awards in the last 23 consecutive conferences they have attended. It also completes an awards sweep for the school year, since the 2011-12 JCCC team received outstanding awards at the American Model United Nations in Chicago and the Midwest Model UN in St. Louis, Mo.
“These awards it would not have been possible without the hard work and collaboration between every member of this team,” said Gaelyn McGhee, team member, Shawnee.
Fellow team member Merrideth Bartlett, Olathe, agreed. “I am glad to have the opportunity to network with future leaders from around the world. This is a wonderful learning opportunity that I will not soon forget. I am particularly proud of the contributions made by my fellow JCCC students,” she said.
Only days after its award-winning stint in New York, team members played host to the Metro Kansas City Model United Nations, where students from area high schools and middle schools meet to build skills in public speaking and diplomacy.
Team members included James Khalif, Overland Park; Margarita Zuniga, Lawrence, Kan.; and Joseph Gideon, Overland Park, all of whom were named rapporteurs (committee assistants) at NMUN.
In addition to the above, the JCCC team’s success is attributed to Megan Willard, Olathe; Benjamin Tomlin, Lawrence, Kan.; Benjamin Brown, Overland Park; Aaron Haffey, Overland Park; Elvira Babaeva, Novoaltaysk, Russia; Samantha Poetter, Paola, Kan.; and Joe Siebert, Shawnee. Brian Wright, associate professor, political science, is the team’s adviser.
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