WESTFIELD, NJ — Members of the Westfield High School Model United Nations Club won a variety of awards, including the collective club award of Outstanding Delegation, at the YMCA Model United Nations Conference held in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this past weekend.
The conference, attended by 175 Westfield students and nearly 2,000 from the mid-Atlantic region, consisted of three days of debating over international issues to emulate the activities of the United Nations. Students prepared for the conference through months of research into issues impacting individual nations.
“They wrote up a paper with the country’s information, an examination of their problems and a solution to it,” said Daniel Farabaugh, who has advised the club for 20 years. “When they come to the conference, they are ready to tackle the problems at hand. The fact that it’s focused on solving these problems brings about the idea of using discourse to make things better.”
A variety of Westfield students took on leadership roles and were acknowledged for their excellent performance at the conference, including the following:
- Catherine Collins and Samuel Broaddus were recognized as outstanding first-year delegates.
- John Grossman, Rohan Jonsson, Shirzad Mustafa and Alex Weinberg were awarded for their outstanding Country Research Papers.
- Dylan Berger, Justin Anderson, Jordan Horowitz, Nathan Lechner and Erik Mordkovich, were elected to serve as officers for the 2021 Model UN Conference.
- Brianna Vaca, Jordan Horowitz, Adam Schwartz, Brad Hornbeck, Olivia Conti, Erik Mordkovich, Julia Colleran and Justin Anderson served as officers this year.
- Caroline Gallagher and Henry Stewart were chosen to attend the two-week Conference on National Affairs held in North Carolina.
- Justin Anderson and Erik Mordkovich were selected as alternate representatives for the Conference on National Affairs.
Officers elected to the Model UN Club are held to high standards and are expected to collaborate with leaders from other schools to plan the conference and lead committees for debaters.
“We prepare resources for the delegates, undergo committee simulations and partake in leadership exercises,” said Justin Anderson, a sophomore at Westfield High School who is an officer with the club.
Westfield High School junior and third-year delegate Mackenzie Aiello also spoke highly of the conference.
“Not only does it allow [you] to connect with people that you would never meet, but it also allows students to learn more about the world,” Aiello said. “It lets you open your eyes and gain a new perspective.”
The Westfield Model UN Delegation is anticipated to return to the Hershey conference next year.
Shreya Jyotishi is a sophomore at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program TAPinto Westfield. Email Managing Editor Matt Kadosh at email@example.com