Students Compete at 49th Annual National High School Model United Nations Conference
This month, twelve Archmere students from the Model UN Club attended a three day conference in New York City. From March 15th-18th, the team competed at the National High School Model UN Conference. Model UN was represented by delegates Alex Chen '23, Tony Liu '23, Annamaria DeCamp ’23, Andy Zhu '24, Elizabeth Maher ‘24, Gavin Nguyen ’24, Anthony DeCamp ‘25, Benjamin Li ‘25, Brianna Yang ‘25, Josie Calder ‘25, Laura Messamore ’25 and Zimo Liu ’25. The team was supervised by Archmere teachers Mrs. Tricia Maher and Ms. Kristen Witte. Ms. Witte also serves as club moderator.
Representing the United Arab Emirates and Singapore, our students negotiated real world problems while working on committees with students from all over the country. They discussed & simulated topics including indigenous education, climate change, human rights, cultural artifacts, the South China Sea, Scottish independence, and more. Senior Alexander Chen received an Award of Merit representing Singapore's Minister of Foreign Affairs in Crisis: ASEAN.
Students were able to attend meetings with the diplomatic representatives of the countries they are representing, and other UN and NGO leaders visit committees for dynamic question and answer sessions.
Some trip highlights included:
The Museum of Modern Art
The New York Public Library
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Ice skating at the Rockefeller Center
The Halal Guys (food cart)
Established in 1975, NHSMUN is the world’s largest and most prestigious Model UN conference for secondary school students. Long recognized for having the best substantive program on the MUN circuit, NHSMUN is known for its diverse, talented attendees, its world-class staff, its highly engaging debates, and its academically rigorous material.