Milton Wins Recognition at BOSMUN
by Rishi Dhir on Friday, February 24th, 2017
On the weekend of February 10th, thirty students represented Milton Academy at the Boston University Model United Nations, more affectionately known as BOSMUN. Joining a pool of over 1,000 delegates, the Milton delegation performed extremely well. In particular the underclassmen’s performances highlighted the future strength of Milton Academy’s Model UN team.
Model United Nations, or MUN, is a club dedicated to role-playing the procedures and debates of the real United Nations. During these conferences, delegates, each assigned a country, work with other delegates in their committees to write resolutions, or solutions, to the topic issue.
As explained by Serena Fernandopulle (III), Model UN is “fun and intriguing [because] you are a completely different person. You have the power to shape the character you are for that weekend.” Running through three days, BOSMUN featured a wide range of committees and topics. Many committees focused on traditional issues currently facing our world, including terrorism and nuclear warfare. Additionally, BOSMUN included some more fun and daring committees, such as the Ministry of Magic committee.
For many, this conference was their first taste of MUN. Ryan Choi (III) felt that “it was interesting to be in a large committee. The size actually helped [him] experiment [with] negotiating, while also debating with other delegates.”
Despite the large numbers at BOSMUN, Milton was able to come away with nine awards recognizing student performances. The winners were as follow: Best Position Paper: Rishi Dhir (III) and Serena Fernandopulle (III); Verbal Commendation: Henry Westerman (I); Honorable Mention: Gabrielle Fernandopulle (I) and Nathan Strauss (I); Outstanding Delegate: Katherine Wilcox (III) and Romain Speciel (II); Best Delegate: James Dunn (I) and Caleb Rhodes (I).
The seniors who took part in this conference delivered, winning five of Milton’s total nine awards. However, in addition to the seniors’ performances, both the sophomore and junior classes had strong showings, earning the other four awards. As explained by MUN co-head Caleb Rhodes (I), “BOSMUN this year was very senior heavy, but that said, the performance of the sophomores and juniors on our team was very promising. They handled themselves immaculately both in and out of committee.”
Milton’s Model UN team is one that is best described as “up and coming.” Traditionally, Milton Model UN is not known for winning a high amount of awards. Recently, the Model UN program has taken steps to revamp the whole operation. At the beginning of this year, Model UN joined speech and debate as a team, no longer being regarded as just a club.
This change in label was a major step in the transformation of Model UN. The new structure allows for the school to attend more conferences, giving the students more experience and opportunities. Additionally, the team holds weekly advanced evening practices that teach delegates the subtle tricks behind succeeding. Unlike the other teams on campus, the Model UN team still operates with the same structure as a board, so the number of students are limited. This limitation allows for close bonding between those most dedicated to Model UN.
BOSMUN, overall, was a success. Many people loved spending the entire weekend solving the issues that face our world today, along with hanging out with friends and classmates.
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