A group of 15 students travelled to East Brunswick, New Jersey to represent St. Andrew’s Model United Nations team at the Princeton Model United Nations Conference November 14-17.
The event offers four days of immersive, diplomatic debate in committees modeled after the United Nations such as DISEC and ECOFIN. The conference is run entirely by undergraduate students from Princeton University, many of whom brought extensive knowledge of parliamentary procedure with them. With more than 1,000 delegates from 20 countries, the experience provided the students with valuable knowledge regarding both public speaking and collaboration.
The St. Andrew’s delegation primarily represented China. Topics ranging from food sustainability to debt relief in Africa were all discussed in seven separate committee sessions. Additionally, time was allotted in the busy weekend for the boys to visit the expansive Princeton campus and view famous landmarks such as the University Chapel or the Gothic towers of McCosh Hall.
Prior to the conference, the boys enjoyed the sights and sounds of New York City for three days before taking the train to Princeton. Activities included seeing a Broadway play, touring the United Nations, walking through Manhattan and SoHo, and visiting Times Square.
Before returning to St. Andrew’s, the students also visited the University of Pennsylvania campus in historic Philadelphia. William Deo ’17, a UPenn student, provided our delegation with a tour of the campus as well as insightful tips for success in Model UN. After a quick Philly cheesesteak and a stop at the Liberty Bell, the boys were ready to return home to Aurora.
Michael Zack ’22 was one of the SAC delegates. “I was nervous to perform a speech in front of so many delegations at first, but after realizing the possibilities of debate, I was hooked. The next several days flew by as I passed resolutions and made long-lasting friendships.”
Special thanks to Assistant Head of School, Mr. Courtenay Shrimpton, as well as Upper School teacher, Mr. Michael Carroll, for travelling with the team to the conference and providing help throughout the trip.
Any students interested in joining the Model UN team can sign up through the Arts/Co-Curricular Plus program.
Story by David Kurp ’21