BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston Model UN team won Best Large Delegation in their very first Academy Model United Nations Conference in Hackensack January 26-27. Over 20 schools across New Jersey and a few from New York were among the participants.

Gov. Livingston's delegation of 20 students participated.  The executive board members are: Jaimie Diamond, Alton Grossman, Max Cohen, Siddharth Ramsundar, and Christopher Jakuback

The Gov. Livingston team won Best Large Delegation, meaning that the team as a whole received the most individual awards, said teacher advisor Jackie Hudacko. "The team was very proud of themselves for all their hard work and preparation, especially since this is the first time our school has participated in the Academy Model United National Conference in Hackensack."

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Individual Gov. Livingston winners were Chris Jakuback, Max Cohen and Jaimie Diamond for Best Delegate; Alton Grossman and Siddarth Ramsundar for Outstanding Delegate; and Tim Koubek for Honorable Mention.

"The team prepares for conferences at monthly meetings where the executive board members lead the club through procedures and directions for the conference," said Hudacko. "They also have practice debates during the meetings and discussions on current world issues so they stay up to date."

"This was the first time we attended this conference, and many students were faced with challenges unlike any they had encountered before," said executive board member Alton Grosmann. "However, everyone was able to readily adapt and thrive in their respective committees." Grossman, a senior at GL,  plans to major in finance/economics with a double major (or minor) in classics (Latin, Greek, etc.) next fall in college.

Model UN involves many different committees covering an array of topics and interests so the club attracts students with a wealth of different interests. What these students have in common is their interest in world events, debate, and being involved in the global community and meeting students from all different schools, said teacher advisor Jackie Hudacko.

Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Security, or any other multilateral body designed to expose students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making, according to the Academy Model United Nations website. "Students act as ambassadors of UN member states and other political figures and work with allies and adversaries alike to resolve international issues.Delegates also gain an understanding of the actual procedures used by the United Nations and other bodies though a strict adherence to Parliamentary Procedure during committee sessions."

Next, the Gov. Livingston Model UN Club will participate in a conference at Seton Hall University in March.