Conference Commentary: Model UN 2018
Conference Commentary: Model UN 2018

The Porter-Gaud Model UN club had another successful conference at Georgia Southern University Feb.1 -3. Here is a wrap-up:

Despite losing five members on the eve or day of departure, mainly due to health, our team of 21 headed into the conference with enthusiasm and ambition (and remained healthy for the exhausting three days). Four of our resolutions were selected to guide debate for the first two days of the conference and two of our resolutions succeeded in getting passed by the General Assembly (GA) (which was a rare event in this year's conference). Sophia Sitsis and Ed Sessions (though he could not attend) of New Zealand were the authors of one resolution, and Ethan Lewis and Jacob Gregory of the Democratic Republic of Congo were the authors of the other. Juliette Lovell and Christopher Hunsicker of Costa Rica, and Jake Jaskwhich and Michael Doyle of Azerbaijan were the authors of the other two resolutions and offered strong arguments seeking adoption by the delegates.

We were impressed with how active Porter-Gaud delegates were this year in acquiring speaking time, and the minutes at the podium were spread out among all of our delegations. PG also had the opportunity to represent Iran this year and in one of the crisis simulations, Iran was at the center of an emergency notice when news was announced that they were now armed with nuclear weapons; this challenged Will Perrine, Ballard Morton, and Baker Franklin of Iran to use diplomatic reason and level-headedness to keep the world from collapsing into nuclear holocaust, and they failed... but they stood by their position with confidence and certainly made the crisis interesting. :)

Three delegations were honored for their efforts: Caroline Linkous and Anna Grace Greenho of Bangladesh, and Will Perrine and Ballard Morton of Iran both received Honorable Mentions (which are awarded to 18 delegations in the GA who distinguished themselves); and Courtenay White and Katie Krawcheck of Chile received Distinguished Delegation honors (which are awarded to the top seven delegations below the single winner).

As always, it was an honor to represent Porter-Gaud at the conference, and our students were, once again, in top form. Tom Westerman, Christianne Gates and I were very proud of their efforts.

Posted by Paul Baran, US History Department Chair