Westfield High School’s Model United Nations Club won the Outstanding Delegation Award for excelling in all parts of the annual conference held in Hershey, PA, Jan. 5 to 7. Approximately 2,000 students from 80 schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware were in attendance. The WHS delegation of 181 students participated in wide ranging debates that were the culmination of months of research and preparation. Many Westfield High School students received individual recognitions, including:
Meghan Johnson, Nicholas Guerrerio, Austin Chen, Justin Joseph, Luke Mizus and Sara Ward were recognized as top debaters and named Premier Diplomats.
Meghan Johnson, Briana Vaca, Chloe Beaulieu, Matthew Arndt, Inna Gorelik, and Jackson Price received an award for the Outstanding Country Research Paper.
Acknowledged for an Outstanding First Year were Cat Valencia, McKenzie Smith and Liam Dougherty.
Officers for the Conference included Suranya Turimella, Evan Gruters and Marisa Li.
Officers elected for next year’s Conference who will plan, organize and run committees are Tomas Taaffe, Brianna Vaca, Andrew Zanfagna, Austin Chen, Justin Joseph, Luke Mizus and Julia Colleran.
This summer a Conference on National Affairs will take place during a two-week conference in North Carolina with representatives from all 50 states. Westfield High School will be represented by Meghan Johnson, Luke Mizus and Evan Gruters.
“The students all performed well and were a credit to the institution, “ noted Daniel Farabaugh, co-adviser of the WHS Model UN along with David Della Fera. “I was impressed with both their level of preparation and execution.”
The Westfield High School program is run in conjunction with the Westfield YMCA.