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Model UN students are successful for the fifth year in a row


Jeffrey L. Roberg

December 03, 2019

Thirty-four Model United Nations students, accompanied by Professor Jeffrey Roberg, traveled to Chicago to compete in the American Model United Nations (AMUN) conference Saturday, Nov. 23 through Tuesday, Nov. 26. Carthage students represented France and Sudan at this conference.

With very little sleep but good diplomatic skills, our students tackled issues of international importance such as: the economic empowerment of women; strategies for eradicating poverty; the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons; nuclear disarmament; ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy; international migration and development; promotion and protection of the rights of children and the rights of indigenous peoples; and the United Nations Global Counter — terrorism review, cybersecurity, empowering marginalized youth, the situation in Venezuela, the situation in Afghanistan, and the situation in the Congo.

While at AMUN, Carthage Model UN students were part of 1,170 students from 77 colleges and universities from across the United States and the world who worked to solve problems and tried to “get their way.” In the process, Carthage Model UN students won the following two awards at AMUN:

  • Madeline Anderson ’20 and Andrew Kline ’23 for their exceptional representation of France in the Historical Security Council of 1961
  • Braden Kundert ’21 and Calvert McCormick ’22 for their exceptional representation of France in the Security Council

Congratulations to all of our members for their great work!

Representing the country of France:
Madeline Anderson ’20, Michael Arient ’20, Ashley Castillo ’23, Ryan Delgado ’22, William Fabian ’22, Gracelyn Footit ’23, Jessica Groth ’22, Taylor Kafer ’21, Shawn Klein ’20, Andrew Kline ’23, Braden Kundert ’21, Abigail Linnemann ’21, Synclaire Lunardi ’20, Caitlin McCombe ’20, Calvert McCormick ’22, Micah Pahl ’20, Connor Plagge ’21, Conner Schupp ’20, Angelica May Sion ’23, and Kayli Smith ’21

Representing the country of Sudan:
Eryn Benner ’20, Evan Blievernicht ’22, Elvira Chiappetta ’23, Alleigh Fine ’20, Bethany Frandle ’22, Elena Hansen ’20, Levi Latoz ’20, Shannon May ’23, John Nash ’20, Abigail Rivera ’21, Zachary Schoonaert ’20, Kelsey Spears ’22, Thaying Vue ’23, and Alexandria Wheeler ’21

Please congratulate all of these students for their excellent efforts should you see them! They were a great team!!

These students represented 23 majors from across the college, including accounting, Asian studies, biology, communications, computer science, criminal justice, English, environmental science, finance, French, geographic information systems/geoscience, German, history, international political economy, marketing, mathematics, neuroscience, political science, psychology, social work, Spanish, and studio art and theatre production.

Model UN helps students to sharpen their “hard” and “soft” skills through research, writing, public speaking (in front of large groups), and diplomacy (by working in smaller groups). In addition to helping students build and refine these skills, they also see an increase in confidence in presenting their views in a potentially stressful environment. Model UN is open to students of all majors.