VVC Model United Nations Team Wins Top Awards at National Conference

Spring 2015 VVC Model United Nations Team -  Michael Cormier, Miguel Alvarez, Christian Ruiz, Kevork Kazanjian, Charity Lindsey, Lama Salama, Jazmin Gailey, Olivia Warren, Jesse Sanchez, Tayler Kiner, Whitney Mayo, Joseph Agnew, Michael Gatewood, Shaun Meyer.

Spring 2015 VVC Model United Nations Team – Michael Cormier, Miguel Alvarez, Christian Ruiz, Kevork Kazanjian, Charity Lindsey, Lama Salama, Jazmin Gailey, Olivia Warren, Jesse Sanchez, Tayler Kiner, Whitney Mayo, Joseph Agnew, Michael Gatewood, Shaun Meyer.

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– Victor Valley College’s Model United Nations team was named “Outstanding Delegation,” which is the top award category, at the National Model United Nations Conference held last week in New York.

This is the fourth year in a row that the team has won this award, which only 5 to 10 percent of schools worldwide achieve.

Model United Nations is an educational simulation of the United Nations in which students compete as delegates representing their assigned countries to address current global topics such as: Prohibiting Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems; Eliminating Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerances; As well as Current Security concerns in Iraq and Yemen. Students learn about international relations, participate in intensive research and public speaking, and gain skills in diplomacy and leadership.

“This year’s team did an amazing job solving the most serious global issues present in the world today. We proved what it takes to be a leader on the international stage through research and diplomacy,” said VVC Model U.N. President Mike Cormier.

This is VVC’s 13th year attending the New York conference, and the team’s 11th Award; 9 of them being Outstanding Delegation awards. As one of the most prestigious Model U.N. competitions, it attracts more than 4,000 students, half of whom travel from outside of the United States.

VVC’s Model U.N. team is able to pay for the trip through each member paying their own dues for the conference, collecting funds through club activities, and donated contributions from the VVC Associated Student Body, local Rotary Organizations, the Spring Valley Lake Lions Organization, and the High Desert Bar Association.

At this year’s competition, the VVC team was assigned to represent Lithuania, one of the 192 member states of the U.N. Based on extended research, the team came up with solutions to major international issues, shaped to represent the position of their assigned country.

“Participating in Model United Nations teaches you skills you can’t learn in the classroom, like negotiation and conflict resolution. The conference brings together students who take global issues seriously and seek a hands-on challenge,” said team member Miguel Alvarez.

In addition to being named one of the top delegations, the team was recognized with several “Outstanding Position Paper” awards in General Assembly First, General Assembly Third, and the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations. Position Paper awards recognize excellence in writing policy prescriptions. A “Committee Delegation Award” was also awarded in Security Council, which were delegated by Mike Cormier and Whitney Mayo.

“We’re proud to have won these awards to continue the tradition of success from VVC. The conference was a challenge, but we were able to bring forth a strong team, and we definitely all gained sharper leadership skills and a broader world view,” said team member Jazmin Gailey.

A new VVC Model United Nations team will be selected this fall, and students from all majors are welcome to try out. Those interested are also welcome to participate in club activities throughout the school year.

Article written and submitted by Charity Lindsey, Apr 2015

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