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Model UN Team Named Outstanding Delegation at Conference

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By Will Foster ‘20

Note: The author of this article is a member of the Model UN team. 

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Payton’s Model UN team received an Outstanding Delegation award at a conference at the University of Chicago Lab School on Saturday. It was their first conference of the year.

The one-day conference lasted from morning to late afternoon as delegates in each committee bargained and debated. Ultimately, few committees succeeded in reaching the two-thirds majority necessary to pass a resolution, but that didn’t mean the sessions weren’t productive.

In addition to the school’s overall delegation award for second place, several Payton students won individual awards:

  • In the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Affairs Committee: Helen Wei ‘20, representing the United States, and Jane Clarke ‘20, representing Russia.
  • In the World Economic Forum, Ava Schlossman ‘20, representing Quest Diagnostics.
  • In the Security Council, Quaid Childers ‘19, representing the United States.

Best Delegation went to Glenbrook South High School, which always fields a massive team of at least two dozen students — much to the chagrin of the comparatively tiny Payton squad.

Some committees discussed pretty typical Model UN topics — for example, the Disarmament and International Security Committee of the General Assembly debated the military and economic issues surrounding the Arctic region.

But there was also the Council of Advisors to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS (Model UN committees don’t always have to be from the real United Nations). Near the end of the day, the ISIS group staged “attacks” on all the other committee rooms, bursting through the doors brandishing Nerf guns and chanting slogans.

Payton’s Model UN team will compete in their next tournament on Saturday, September 30, at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park.

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