Strong Performances by Canterbury’s MUN Team in January

We would like to recognize our Model United Nations team for their strong performances in two conferences in January.
At the Seahawk Model United Nations Conference held January 12-13 at Cape Coral High School, several of our students won awards. A full report can be found below. Also, click here to see a video from the event.

Report from Seahawk MUN Conference:
In the General Assembly Committee for Disarmament and Security (DISEC) Lema A. ’20 and Lauren L. ’23 worked to represent Gaza in resolving the Israeli Palestinian dispute. The UN Economic and Social Commission in Asia and the Pacific worked to combat climate change. Ryan S. ’21 represented India and Payton Z. ’21 represented Thailand. The UN Food and Agriculture Committee worked to end Child Labor in India. Emma M. ’20 won first place as France, Morgan R. ’21 represented Malaysia, and Fernanda V. ’22 earned an Honorable Mention as South Africa. In the Legal Committee, Danica S. ’19 won first place as Italy, and Jamie G. ’20 won first place as Indonesia, joined by Jessica X. ’19 representing Poland and Irene T. ’18 representing the United States. In the World Health Organization, Anna K. ’18 won second place as Australia, and Myesha C. ’19 won second place as Germany, joined by Jeremy S. ’21 representing Cuba.

Our Canterbury MUN team also attended GatorMUN hosted by the University of Florida Model United Nations Student Organization in Gainesville on January 19-21. GatorMUN is the largest student-run high school conference in the southeastern United States. See below for the students’ reports from the event.

Report from GatorMUN Conference:

Jamie G. ’20 represented Princess Nora of Liechtenstein in the International Olympic Committee. Jamie focused her efforts on the environmental sustainability of the Olympic games. She sponsored a passing resolution that contained plans to lower carbon emissions in hosting cities and convert old Olympic stadiums into shelters for the homeless. Jamie was rewarded for her hard work as she was named Outstanding Delegate and received the award for the best Position Paper!
Jordan H. ’19 and Cade K. ’20 represented South Africa in the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization. They were successful in sponsoring one of two passing resolutions that focused on preserving World Heritage Sites. They designed a comprehensive funding program for UNESCO, implemented social media outreach programs, and set regulations to prevent urban sprawl.
Auston B. ’20 represented the Head of Logistics in the SpaceX crisis committee. He was charged with the handling and supplying of capital for the SpaceX program. Auston successfully passed directives in order to get supplies to space so the committee could further the development of the space program.
Morgan R. ’21 represented Jean-Baptiste Lindet in Le Comité de Salut Public. The Committee dealt with the French Revolution of 1791. Morgan served as the Commissioner of National Foods and was tasked with making sure the people of France did not starve during the revolution. Morgan successfully passed directives designed to allocate proper rations to the citizens of France.
Cole M. ’21 represented Lithuania in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Assembly. Cole worked on amending the NATO Charter and Developing Contingency Plans for a Security Council failure. He sponsored a paper on both issues, specifically calling for creating partial NATO memberships and temporarily overtaking the roles of the Security Council members following a Security Council crisis. Both papers passed through committee and became official resolutions.
Lema A. ’20 was the Head of Adventureland in the Disneyland Oahu Crisis. Lema worked with other committee members to develop a new Disney Park in Oahu but faced challenges in implementing the infrastructure as cultural conflict arose with the locals. Lema passed directives to help plan and build the new park and used crisis notes to tactically eliminate corruption within the Disney organization.

Summer M. ’20 represented John Chiang in the California Exit Crisis committee. The committee worked to influence the Governor of California’s decision on whether California would secede from the United States or not. Summer worked extensively to keep California in the US, leaking documents to the United States government in order to encourage United States military intervention. Summer helped pass multiple directives, organized rallies, and even initiated and executed the prosecution of the corrupt National Parks Director.  
Chloe T. ’20 represented South Africa in the World Health Organization (WHO) assembly. The assembly focused their efforts on fighting highly infectious Tuberculosis. Chloe sponsored a paper focusing on funding more TB research and stimulating community education efforts. She further improved her working paper as she organized a merge between her paper and another paper. The working paper was successful as the committee voted to make it a resolution.

Calvin W. ’20 represented Ajax the Lesser in the Trojan War Crisis Committee. The goal of the committee was to rescue Helen, wife of Menelaus after she had been kidnapped by Paris, The King of Troy.  Calvin worked as a spy for the Trojans, sending feedback on Greek activities. Calvin successfully passed directives designed to create battle plans, install battle tactics, and build shrines to honor the Greek Gods.

Noah B. ’20 represented Hank McCoy (Beast) in the Joint Mission Phoenix Crisis Committee. Noah worked to stop supernatural mutants (The Phoenix 5) from destroying all of mankind. Noah passed directives specifically designed to combat a leading member of the Phoenix 5 and used crisis notes to manufacture machines that would aid the committee in defeating the Phoenix 5.

Trevin S. ’20 participated in the Europeans Parliament for GatorMUN XV. This committee sought to tackle the issue of new migrants to the European Union and the United Kingdom’s vote to Brexit from the E.U. Trevin’s position, as Marek Plurab representing Poland, was to maintain a less rigid stance on migration and to further preserve the integrity of the E.U. after Brexit. Trevin was a sponsor on a resolution that sought to reform the Schengen Agreement, allowing new countries such as Romania and Bulgaria to enter the Union. He served on the author’s panel for that resolution, answering questions from the rest of the room. Trevin successfully represented Marek Plurab and Poland.
Justin B. ’20 was a representative for Cabo Verde in the United Nations Security Council or UNSC. The council attempted to address the humanitarian crisis in inner Bosnia and to find a peaceful resolution to the Bosnian war. Justin sought to give each ethnic group the ability to establish themselves as an independent state and to employ peacekeepers into the Yugoslavian territory to protect civilians and refugees. Justin sponsored two separate papers, the first taking a broad stance in protecting refugees from the conflict in Bosnia, and the second focused on drawing borders for each of the new states, while authorizing a stronger military force if needed. Both papers passed, thusly making Justin’s representation a success.
Jacob L. ’20 and Ingrid L ’20 were a duel delegation in the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, or SPECPOL, representing Lithuania. Their topic was the Fukushima nuclear incident. They sought to strengthen the international atomic agency, the agency that monitors and regulates nuclear power. The two sponsored a paper, leading their block, for the purpose of adding more regulations to nuclear power, giving out scholarships to people looking to pursue nuclear engineering, and bringing desperately needed relief to the citizens of Fukushima. The two were on the author’s panel for the paper and answered the questions bombarded at them by the group. The paper passed, and the two successfully represented Lithuania.
Austin S. ’21 represented South Africa in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The topic set by the committee was combatting exposure of adolescents to drug deals. Austin offered prevention measures through education and prevention of transportation of drugs. Austin committed his votes towards raiding schools with high percentages of drug users and recovering addicts, in order to prevent future sale of drugs, and a program promoting the reintegration of former drug addicts into society. Austin was an avid participant in his committee, and thusly excellently represented South Africa.
Christian M. ’20 was a representative in the special committee, the Press Corps. He stood as a delegate for the news publication, Beeld, a newspaper company located in South Africa. His goal was to create a publication that was relevant to all members of GatorMUN XV and to describe what was occurring in other committees. Christian was assigned to report on the committees, including NATO, the National Park Service, the Trojan War, the World Trade Organization, and The California Exit. The committee released a series of newspapers, titled “The Gator Tribune”. Over the course of 5 committee sessions, the Press Corps released 5 different iterations of this tribune. With his outstanding reporting on the conditions of each committee, Christian successfully contributed important information to the Tribune, and successfully represented the Beeld newspaper company.
Hunter B. ’19 represented the Minister of Justice for the Emergency Pakistani Cabinet. The cabinet, set in the year 2020, aimed to resolve an Indian invasion of the Pakistani region of Kashmir. Hunter contributed to this cause by conducting numerous private investigations into his fellow cabinet members, exposing a deal in which the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources gave free oil to Afghanistan for the hopes of receiving military aid for a coup, exposing the Minister of Finance’s money laundering scheme, which siphoned 26 million dollars from the Pakistani government, and the Minister of Finance’s attempt to cover his tracks by murdering his secretary. By exposing these plots, Hunter successfully defended the Pakistani government from economic disaster.