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Diplomatic Success: King's Model UN Shines at Harvard Conference and Brings Home Two Awards

The Model UN Club is just back from Boston, where members competed in the Harvard Model United Nations Conference (HMUN), the students' final competition of the academic year, on Friday, January 26. 

The HMUN is the oldest and largest competition of its kind, welcoming 4,000 high school delegates and their faculty advisors from all over the world to learn about diplomacy, foster meaningful relationships, and formulate solutions to address pressing global issues.

All 18 of King’s attending delegates participated in the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, Regional Bodies, and Specialized Agencies, bringing home two awards. 

“The Harvard Model United Nations conference was a memorable experience where I was able to connect with peers all over the world and expand my worldly knowledge,” said Justina Marque ’27, who received Diplomatic Recognition for representing the Philippines in the Special Summit on Climate Change. “I had the opportunity to leave my comfort zone and expand my public speaking skills in a community where my voice was heard and celebrated.”

Previous Model UN award winner Olivia Asnes ’25 received the Honorable Mention for representing the Philippines in the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

“I had a great experience at the Harvard Model United Nations conference,” Olivia said. “I worked with delegates from across the world in order to find innovative solutions to pressing issues. In the end, I knew my debate skills improved, and I created lasting memories.”

History teacher and club advisor Christos Galanopoulos praised the efforts of all the students. “All of our delegates actively simulated the difficult work of the UN and experienced the difficult yet worthwhile efforts of the UN to advance a more peaceful, just, compassionate, and sustainable world,” he said.

Griffin Cho ’24 described the trip to Boston as a great experience for all King’s attending members.

“Students were able to hone their skills while also having an amazing social experience,” said Griffin. “I sincerely hope that King students continue to thrive at Harvard MUN in the coming years.”

Japil Dohil ’25 underlined the importance of committees, which allowed him to meet people from all over the world.

“The constant collaboration and fruitful debate about my topic, education for refugees, helped me develop critical skills and learn a lot about the complexity of the topic,” said Japil, who is looking forward to attending HMUN for the third time next year.

Charlotte Frank ’25 also spoke of the benefits that come from the collaborative approach of the conference. “This year, I was able to build valuable skills and knowledge by collaborating with my peers and learning from people from all around the world,” Charlotte said.