Thirty-three GPS girls participated in the Southeastern High School Model UN conference in Chattanooga. Divided into four countries, with each country having 9-10 committees represented, they engaged in debate, negotiation, and compromise on topics ranging from “The Economic Viability of Military Keynesianism” and “Improving Access to Healthcare for the Rural Poor” to “Rights of Maternal Health” and “Updating the Geneva Convention.”
Competing against 12 other schools and over 300 delegates representing 53 nations, the GPS “team of veterans” representing Australia received the Best Delegation designation for the second time in three years, according to faculty sponsor Glen Vey.
A large trophy now resides in the Holland Library to commemorate the victory by the winning team of Lucinda Boyd, Anjali Chandra, Macy Cox, Lauchlan Davis, Hira Munir, Megan Rohn, Christian Shaheen Caroline West and Emily You.
In addition, four were selected as “All Star Delegates,” eligible to participate in the National High School Model UN Conference in NYC later this year. The All Stars were Chandra, Munir, Ayushi Sinha and You.
Co-president of the GPS Model UN club and delegation leader for Australia, Emily You also won the “Best Delegate” Award for SOCHUM (Social and Humanitarian Committee, Australia).
Sophomore Shivani Modi received an Honorable Mention as a tech assistant for the Digital Press Corps at the conference. Also receiving Honorable Mentions for their performances as delegates were sophomore Anjali Ravee for WHO (World Health Organization, Luxembourg); senior Macy Cox for ECOFIN (Economics and Finance Committee, Australia); junior Hira Munir for HRC (Human Rights Council, Australia); and junior Anjali Chandra for the Security Council (Australia).
Co-president and senior Meghna Talluri served as the committee chair for the SOCHUM committee at this year’s conference.