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Students attend their first Model UN in Gainesville

Written by Dr. Mike Gunter

Students from Dr. Mike Gunter’s Model United Nations course competed in their first Model UN in Gainesville, winning two distinguished delegation awards and two individual honors.

Brielle Cannavino (‘20) and Raul Tavarez Ramirez (‘21) won the Distinguished Delegation honor for their representation of Indonesia, while Jiayi Ding (‘21) and Elliott Scott (‘20) were recognized as an Honorable Delegation representing Namibia.

Jiayi Ding was also recognized individually within her committee on the African Union with an Honorable Mention designation, while Raul Tavarez Ramirez was awarded Most Diplomatic Delegate for his work within the Security Council.

The Model UN competition occurred over Fall Break, when Rollins students were divided into five different country delegations, representing Belgium, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Libya, and Namibia. 

 “Model United Nations in general is such a fantastic way of becoming a true leader and global citizen,” said Ramirez. “It gives participants the opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of the most important intergovernmental organization in the world through simulations and first-hand experience. It also helps improve public speaking skills, all while increasing political and cultural awareness,” he said.

 Next month, students will travel to Washington, D.C. to represent Mongolia and compete for three days in a National Model UN. 

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