Two seniors receive awards at Harvard MUN in true hands-on global experience

Our Model United Nations (MUN) team had another successful conference at Harvard in early February. The Harvard Model United Nations 2020 conference was highlighted by a very productive participation of 22 students from all US grades and two prestigious awards. "There were over 4,000 students from 55 countries creating a true international atmosphere that accentuated the hands-on global experience while the students debated their topics based on their positions. Our delegation represented Ukraine in the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, and we had several specialized assignments that enriched the overall experience of our team," comments Christos Galanopoulos, Chair of History Department and MUN Advisor.

Diana Degnan '20 received a Diplomatic Commendation as Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, in the Global Technology Summit. She comments, "Within the committee representatives of big tech industries and international regulators addressed issues such as internet monopolies, facial recognition technology, artificial intelligence, privacy rights, and data security. Model UN is a very memorable experience. Even in a small committee, I met students from India, Pakistan, Costa Rica, Paris, and Canada. Being able to discus international issues with students of widely different perspectives is an experience unique to MUN and something I would encourage every high schooler to consider."

Davis Shattan '20 received the Honorable Mention award for representing Ukraine in United Nations Economic and Financial Committee, discussing the topic of Climate Change. In his words, "throughout our committee, we discussed and debated the most cost-effective and beneficial solutions that the United Nations could implement in order to curb and account for the effects of Climate Change."

According the the Harvard MUN website, "The sixty-seventh session of Harvard Model United Nations will be held from Thursday, January 30, to Sunday, February 2, 2020. Come January, more than 4,000 high school delegates and their faculty advisors will gather to address some of the world's most pressing challenges.Together with our staff of over 230 Harvard University undergraduates, delegates will be asked to step into the role of international decision makers, negotiate on major international crises, and craft innovative policy solutions. Every year, Harvard MUN attracts some of the most promising young leaders from around the world, and HMUN 2020 will be no exception."

At King, we empower students to unleash their greatness by emphasizing self-knowledge, expansive learning, and courageous thinking - qualities that ensured success at the conference. Congratulations to Diana and Davis, as well as the entire MUN team.