Marvelous Model UN

Darya Foroohar, ‘20

April 2019

Last month, BHSEC’s Model UN team went to their final two external conferences, held at Stuyvesant High School and Dalton High School, where they got a chance to debate with some of NYC’s finest delegates. These two conferences gave many new team members their first taste of Model UN while also allowing more experienced members to practice and improve their skills.

StuyMUNC, held on April 13th, was an exciting experience for the team’s first-timers, many of whom decided to return for future conferences. The conference was very well run and offered a wide variety of committees, from large general assemblies to crises on both the Italian and the Japanese mafia. In addition to learning new public speaking and cooperation skills, team members got to know each other better, explore the foreign realms around Stuy, pick up some awards: Darya Foroohar (Y1) and Declan Gunn (10th), both members of the team’s secretariat, each won Best Delegate in their respective committees. The team is very grateful for faculty advisor Dr. Rockenbach, as well as Dr. Ilboudo, for taking the time to chaperone. 

Two weeks later, on April, 28th, the team again convened for a conference, this time at the Dalton School. As this was the last day of break, not as many people could come, but those who were able to performed very well. Dalton has a reputation of being a very strong MUN team, so their single-day conference attracted around 700 delegates, many of whom were from highly competitive private schools. BHSEC students interacted with these delegates, as well as ones from the distant lands of upstate New York, in committees ranging from a double-delegation on disarmament (DISEC) to a joint crisis on the Battle of Hogwarts. Foroohar won the award for Outstanding Delegate in her committee, which was a crisis simulation of the Order of the Phoenix. DMUN marked the end of break and was a good, albeit busy, close to the weekend.

While BHSEC’s MUN team has finished external conferences for this year, the team will be running their own conference, BHSECMUNC, on May 11th. If anything described in the above article sounds appealing, then sign up! It’s free for BHSEC students, so email to find out more.