For more than 10 years, Westminster has sent a delegation to one of the biggest and best Model U.N. Conferences, Yale MUN. The 2019 crew of 27 who attend Yale MUN Jan. 17-19 was perhaps the most experienced and invested of any group of Martlets. With a huge number of Sixth Formers in their ranks, many had attended this conference in past years.
The two main countries Westminster represented were Iran and Nigeria, and a number of students participated in specialized committees such as Brexit negotiations and the International Court of Justice. After each session, delegates were increasingly passionate about the topics they debated and were proud of the resolutions they helped draft and pass. It was therefore, unfortunate to have to cut this year’s conference short due to the winter storm that arrived in Connecticut Saturday evening.
Despite their abbreviated participation, many of the students felt like their experience was the best ever and were proud of their contributions. In particular, two Martlets earned awards: Daniel Pinckney ’20 earned honorable mention status for his participation in the BRICS Development Bank. And for only the second time in 11 years, a Westminster student, Olivia Zhang ’20, earned best delegate honors, meaning the highest distinction in her committee, the U.N. Commission on Population and Development.
“All in all it was another inspiring weekend in New Haven for students looking to learn about and impact the world,” said Betsy Heckman, who advises Westminster’s Model U.N. program and is head of the History Department.
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