GPS And McCallie Students Participate In Model UN Conference

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Senior members of the GPS Kazakhstan delegation work during General Assembly to get their resolutions passed
Senior members of the GPS Kazakhstan delegation work during General Assembly to get their resolutions passed

Organized by high school students for their peers, the Southeastern High School Model United Nations Conference is a unique model: teenagers run the conference by writing topic papers and chairing their own committees. Known for its well-developed topics and comprehensive debate platform, SHSMUN features delegates who participate in debates in more than 10 committees, ranging from Disarmament to SHSMUN’s own General Committee. 

SHSMUN is held annually during the weekend before Thanksgiving, this year at the Marriott and Convention Center. This year’s conference hosted over 20 schools from Chattanooga and the surrounding area, including teams from Memphis, Murfreesboro, and Alabama. Over 70 countries (delegations) were represented by 640 delegates during the three-day conference, held Nov. 18-20. 

SHSMUN’s delegates are expected to “bring their best game by researching their countries’ positions, delivering speeches, and writing thorough resolutions that deliver solutions to their committee’s issues," according to 

GPS sent 32 delegates representing three nations: Kazakhstan, Senegal, and Djibouti. Seventeen of the 175 (10 percent) draft resolutions submitted before the conference and put on the docket were from GPS, even though the school represented only five percent of the delegations participating. 

Winning the Best Delegate Award for her committee from the Kazakhstan delegation was senior Ritika Modi (Social and Humanitarian Committee). As a result of her Best Delegate designations, Modi is eligible to attend the National High School Model UN (NHSMUN) conference in New York City in March. 

Awarded Honorable Mentions from the Kazakhstan delegation were juniors Olivia Combs (Special Political Committee) and Amal Ali (Legal Committee) and sophomore Kamal Patri (UNESCO). Advisor Glen Vey was especially enthusiastic about the number of freshmen who participated in the conference, as this bodes well for future conferences. 

Senior Meher Memon served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Digital Press Corps (DPC), the journalism arm of the conference. Komal Patri will serve at next year’s conference as the Chair of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) committee. 

Several Middle School students from GPS assisted as pages during the weekend, delivering notes between delegates and committees to assist in the business of the conference. Many of these students will go on to join Model UN in their high school years.

McCallie’s Model United Nations team had an outstanding showing at the Southeast High School Model United Nations conference. 

McCallie senior Gavin LaPlace had the distinguished honor of serving as Secretary General for the conference. The job of secretary general is huge responsibility that extends for nearly an entire year. It was a daunting challenge that Gavin handled in spectacular fashion, said officials.  

McCallie represented the Egypt delegation in the competition, and was named Best Delegation of the conference. In addition to the overall award, several McCallie delegates won individual awards for their work at SHSMUN.

McCallie’s team representing Egypt were: 

Sultan Minhas, General Committee
Ahmad Nisar, Security Council
Huck Bagby, Honorable Mention (2nd/3rd best delegate) in Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) Committee
Jack Wu, Economic and Financial Committee
Noah Risley, Honorable Mention (2nd/3rd best delegate) in Social, Humanitarian and Cultural (SOCHUM) Committee
Sawyer Lyons, Honorable Mention (see above) in Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL) Committee
Chris Yin, Legal Committee
Parth Virani, Honorable Mention (see above) in United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Committee
Bobby Pettit, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Committee
Sam Bennett, Best Delegate (1st) in World Health Organization (WHO) Committee
Louis Onoratini, Best Delegate (1st) in Introductory Committee

Sam Bennett and Louis Onoratini were also named to the "All-Star Delegation" from the SHSMUN, which qualifies them to participate in the National High School Model United Nations conference, held at the United Nations Headquarters in March in New York. 

Dewayne Bingham won Best Delegate in the Digital Press Corps, the journalistic group that covered the conference. 

Frankie Zahrobsky won Honorable Mention in the Introductory Committee, representing Qatar working with Jack Curtis and Robbie Watkins.


The McCallie Egypt delegation
The McCallie Egypt delegation

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