Students Receive Seven Awards at Rutgers University Model UN Conference

Upper School Model United Nations students traveled to Rutgers University, New Brunswick from November 17-20 for a four-day, in-person Model UN Conference – their first in-person conference since 2019.

“The delegation’s energy never waned. They worked right up until the last gavel of every committee session and came home with some gavels of their own. But, the awards earned at the closing ceremonies do not hint at the most important parts of this long weekend,” said History Department Chair and Model UN teacher Clark Thomson. At the culminating celebration dinner, the group celebrated the work put in, the connections made, and especially the support they gave each other.

Clark concluded the conference by noting, “I cannot imagine a MUN experience as special as this for so many reasons. I am proud of our leadership (present and past) who held the program together through COVID and continued QMUNC under difficult circumstances preparing our delegation. I am proud of the delegates who have been waiting their entire MFS Model UN careers for an in-person conference never wavering in their commitment to the program. I am proud of our novice delegates who accepted the support, teaching, and coaching of the leadership without having any perspective about what a 1,000-delegate conference over four days might look like.”

The conference was a great success with seven total awards presented to the Moorestown Friends Model UN students: 

  • Outstanding Large Delegation: Moorestown Friends School
  • Best Position Paper: Dinah Megibow-Taylor ’24 & Sophia Lalani ’25 in United Nations Social Humanitarian & Cultural Committee (Iran)
  • Distinguished Delegate: Haila Desai ’24 & Luke Iacono ’25 in United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (Iran)
  • Outstanding Delegate: Shay O’Connor ’23 & Sarah Huynh ’25 in United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Singapore)
  • Outstanding Delegate: Daniel Sorokin ’23 in The Libyan Cabinet (Minister of Labor and Minister of Environment)
  • Outstanding Delegate: Vanya Weinstock ’23 in Nordic Council (representing Greenland)
  • Best Delegate: Mason Levens ’25 & Ali Sabir ’26 in United Nations Human Rights Council (Iran)

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