January 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM
HERSHEY, PA. - Ninety-eight students from Scotch Plains Fanwood High School (SPFHS) attended a Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Hershey, Pa. from Jan. 10-12.
Students served as delegates to the different branches modeled after the United Nations and participated in mock committee sessions throughout the weekend. As one of the largest high school MUN conferences in the nation, SPFHS delegates performed exceptionally amongst approximately 1600 other delegates, and received an overall award for Outstanding Delegation.
Seniors Kelsey Ames, Casey Murphy and Hansel Romero served as elected officers for committees during the conference, including the Nation Building Committee and European Union. The officers and Youth Secretariats worked together all year to ensure the success of SPFHS as a delegation by preparing delegates through the MUN club at the high school. Several SPFHS delegates were awarded for Outstanding Country Research Paper and Premier First Year Delegate.
“I was told how incredibly well students from SPF were performing by advisors and other officers constantly throughout all three days,” said senior Hansel Romero, former chair of the Nation Building Committee and four-year MUN participant. “Everyone was impressed. That's all attributed to how well the students are prepared and facilitated by our amazing advisors, who do everything to give these kids not only a club, not only a program, but an experience. At the end of the day, though, it was the heart and initiative of the students that made the SPF delegation what it was.”
The delegates of SPFHS extend their gratitude to the help of the chaperones and the continual guidance of club advisors Daniel Valentine and Robin Stayvas. The MUN program at the high school has grown exceptionally over the years and there are many impassioned delegates that look forward to representing the SPFHS delegation at the 2015 conference.