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NMH Team Shines at Model UN Conference

NMH Team Shines at Model UN Conference

The Northfield Mount Hermon team left the recent Harvard Model United Nations conference with three awards — and invaluable experience debating crucial global issues.

Fifteen members of the NMH Model UN team attended the Harvard event, which brings together 4,000 students from around the globe. The four-day event, which is now in its 71st year, ran from Jan. 25 to 28.

“Our students did an excellent job at the conference,” said teacher Tiffany Thiri, who advises the team along with Katie Hunt. “They presented, hosted Q&A sessions, sponsored resolutions, and navigated the complexities of alliances over three days. It was inspiring to see these students collaborate to address a variety of global issues — and, in one case, issues pertaining to another universe, Barbieland.”

Three members of the NMH team earned awards during the highly competitive conference: Wilson Cheung ’24 received the Outstanding Delegate Award for his work on the Economic and Finance Committee, one of the largest at the event. Gabrielle Alingog ’24 was awarded a Diplomatic Commendation for her role as “Military Barbie'' on the Barbieland Ad Hoc Committee — an especially challenging forum, Thiri noted, since students on ad hoc committees don’t receive information in advance and instead must improvise. Ivan O ’25 also was awarded a Diplomatic Commendation in the United Nations Human Rights Council, where he served as the delegate from Pakistan.

While the honors are an important recognition of the NMH students’ impressive achievements, the conference is about more than awards, Thiri said. Harvard Model UN “ is an enlightening and intense experience for both faculty and students. Over the course of the conference, students hone their debating skills, enhance their critical thinking, and deepen their understanding of global issues. 

“The most enriching aspect is arguably the opportunity to interact with and build relationships with peers from around the world, fostering a unique sense of global community,” she added. “We are really proud of our team's performance and their representation of NMH.”

Award winners Ivan O, Gab Alingog, and Wilson Cheung

Students who participated in the Harvard Model UN:

* Wilson Cheung, Economic and Finance Committee, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Ian Lee, Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Ivan O, United Nations Human Rights Council, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
* Gab Alingog, Ad Hoc Committee, Barbieland, Military Barbie
* Luiza Ortiz, Special Summit on Climate Change, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Hisu Kang, International Monetary Fund, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Julia Swanson, The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
* Priya Chatterjee, International Organization for Migration, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Selina Cakir, Disarmament and International Security Committee, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Peter Villano, Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Yash Grover, Commission on Sustainable Development, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
* Nate Chase, World Health Organization, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Jayhee Lee, International Monetary Fund, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Sumire Sumi, International Labor Organization, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
* Skylar Fischer, Disarmament and International Security Committee, The Democratic Republic of the Congo
 

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