12 St. Andrew’s students on the Model UN team travelled to Ithaca, New York to compete in the Cornell Model United Nations Conference.
The Cornell Model UN offers one of the most immersive and rigorous model United Nations experiences in the world, and SAC had the opportunity to attend for the first time since 2013. Students represented a range of countries such as Belize and Serbia and discussed a variety of topics including women’s rights, cybersecurity regulations, and the mitigation of gang violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle. The goal of the experience is to pass a resolution that best reflects your given nations’ interests on the issue.
Over 650 students from Canada, China, South Africa, and the U.S represented 193 different nations in an international relations simulation. Additionally, more than 80 students from all seven of Cornell’s undergraduate colleges worked tirelessly with the students to ensure their working papers and resolutions passed.
Arriving in Ithaca on April 11, the St. Andrew’s delegation was excited to apply the skills acquired from the Harvard Model UN Conference in January, as well as the mock committees hosted by senior students. The conference was integrated into Cornell’s historic campus, with famous buildings such as Bailey and Comstock Hall hosting intense debates from the students.
The St. Andrew’s delegation also had the chance to tour the expansive Cornell campus and spend time in Ithaca’s College Town, enjoying the local cuisine and culture. An evening was spent with Matthew Galajda ’15 and Morgan Barron ’17, both of whom currently attend Cornell and play on the Men’s Hockey Team.
Returning to St. Andrew’s on April 14, it was evident the SAC delegation managed to learn some important diplomatic strategies, as well as enjoy a great time throughout. “I didn’t realize how involved I was until I found myself on a podium speaking in front of 65 different nations,” grade 10 student, Ryan Henderson recalled. “I learned so much about world relations and worked towards perfecting my public speaking skills”.
Any prospective students who are interested in the Model United Nations program at St. Andrew’s College can sign up as a part of the School’s Arts/Co-curricular Plus program.
Special thanks to Mr. Jeff LaForge, the faculty head of Model UN, as well as Assistant Headmaster Courtenay Shrimpton for travelling with the team and providing insightful help throughout the trip.
Story by David Kurp ‘21