Model UN students stun the competition at MAMUN Conference

By Krista Fog

Walled Lake Central’s Model United Nations team had a phenomenal performance in the Mid-American Model United Nations Conference (MAMUN) on March 18 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The team placed secondout of 38 schools in the Midwest Conference.

“I am so proud of myself and the whole team,” said senior club member Taylor Whittington. “The preparation for this was very time consuming, but it all paid off.”

This is their biggest competition of the year and it lasted for approximately four days.

For this conference, Central was to represent Greece, Iran, Columbia, and the Netherlands. They were assigned these countries at random last May by the head of the Mid-American Global Education Council.

“It was the debate with Iran that won us so high,” explained club advisor Mark Willard. “Because Iran is not on good terms with many countries, the judges know that it is hard to defend. But we nailed it.”

President of the club, junior Nicco Beltramo, represented Iran andwon the Jonathan Perry Award, which represents the award for most outstanding delegate.

“I was simply ecstatic,” said Beltramo. “The effort we all put into these debates were totally worthwhile and thinking outside the box was key to ranking high.”

Model UN is an extracurricular at Central and engages students in a modeling the United Nations and itsfunctions. Each school is assigned certain countriesthen a group of members from each school is to act as the ambassador of that country. They debate on global issues and act as the country would, givencertain situations.

The club meets on Wednesdays in B104 for about an hour. They are always looking for and accepting new members.

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