MSU Texas Model UN team wins honors in NYC

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Many of today's leaders in law, government, business and the arts—including those in the UN—participated in Model UN as students.

For the sixth year in a row, Midwestern State University's Model UN team earned national recognition at the national collegiate Model UN Conference in New York City, which draws teams from across the globe.

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MSU Texas won the second-highest honor for representing the Portuguese Republic: The Distinguished Delegation Award. The team also took home four individual awards.

Achieving a Distinguished Delegation Award indicates that MSU Texas team members were actively involved in the proceedings at each step of the process. The Model UN proceedings typically begin early in the day and end well past midnight, showing MSU Texas students' commitment to international leadership.

While at the conference, Model UN team members met with members of the Portuguese Republic's Permanent Mission to learn how best to represent Portugal in international affairs.

During their meeting, the students met Vitorino Oliveira, who recently authored a resolution promoting Model UN to the global community.

Model UN is a learning simulation in which students role-play a country's delegation in the United Nations. At the conference, students served on various committees organized by policy area.

They were charged with developing solutions to existing global problems, such as developing early warning indicators for nuclear crises, empowering youth to accelerate development, promoting sustainable tourism and protecting displaced and refugee children.

Midwestern State University's team had students from all six colleges participate in the conference.

Political Science and Global Studies major Andrés Revis served as MSU Texas's head delegate. The team began preparing for the conference in the fall semester by conducting research and writing position papers.

The other team members received numerous recognition for their papers representing Portugal's position on key policies. Both Political Science majors, Zetta Cannedy and Caroline Gomez, won for their paper on disarmament and development.

Madisyn Butler and Casee Harl of the Mass Communication Department won in the Second General Assembly committee for their work on eradicating rural poverty.

Brandon Goins, an English major, and Federica Manno, a Global Studies major, were awarded for their work on protecting displaced and refugee children.

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Revis and Colten Ellis, both Accounting majors, were voted Outstanding Delegates by the International Atomic Energy Agency for their work in committee. The Outstanding Delegates then served as keynote speakers who reported on their committee's progress during the Model UN General Assembly meeting.

MSU Texas' recognition at the Model UN conference is a significant accomplishment for the level of competition. More than half of the attendees were from the United States, including schools much larger than Midwestern State University.

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