Bishop’s Model UN (MUN) team spent the day on Oct. 26 on the campus at UC San Diego for the annual Triton MUN. The School’s 18-member delegation earned the Overall Team Award for the best large delegation, the top team award at the annual event. With more than 20 schools and 300 students participating, this is truly an honor for our students.
The Bishop’s team includes Wesley Bian ’20, Schuyler Capita ’20, Maddie Cayer ’22, Sarah Delfino ’20, Natalie Goldwasser ’22, Ellie Hodges ’22, Ashir Kashyap ’23, Yasha Kharrati ’20, Alina Kureshi ’22, Kasie Leung ’23, Miles McInerney ’20, Iraj Moradi ’20 (Bishop’s official head delegate for this conference), Hayden Parriott ’22, Luca Patapoutian ’22, Asley Sottosanti ’22, Kira Tran ’20 and Emily Zhu ’23.
In addition to the team award, several students received individual awards: Alina and Schuyler earned first place honors for being the best delegate within their respective committees; Advay earned second place as an outstanding committee delegate, while Miles, Kira, Yasha and Kasie were recognized with third place in their committees.
Topics discussed at the all-day conference featured peacekeeping reform, protecting journalists in combat zones, the global measles epidemic, currency reform, and ending discrimination against women. There were three historical committees, where student delegates were assigned roles as real people who once served on actual UN committees from the past, and one historical crisis committee debating the Protestant Reformation of 500 years ago.
Faculty advisor Matthew Valji describes the students’ preparation, saying, “The students each researched their assigned roles representing a country or a specific person, then wrote a position paper. At the conference, they speak, negotiate and debate with their fellow MUN colleagues as they try to pass resolutions.” Or, in the case of the crisis committee, consider how altering those events might change the outcome and the resulting course of history. Matt adds, “It’s a mix of collaboration and competition.”