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MUN Makes an In-Person Comeback

On Jan. 19, Westminster students traveled to Yale to participate in the Model United Nations, which was held in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic three years ago. As a result of the COVID lapse, this year’s event was an entirely new experience for students, many of whom did not know what to expect.
“They returned having had an outstanding experience,” according to Betsy Heckman, Model U.N. advisor, history teacher and academic dean.
The Martlets joined over 1,500 students from around the world to debate global issues from the past and the present. Special kudos to Wills Erda ’24 who earned “Best Delegate” honors in his committee, which focused on the “Troubles in Northern Ireland.” While students met in committee sessions for more than 15 hours during the weekend, they also took some time to explore New Haven and the Yale campus.
A highlight of the weekend was a group dinner at one of New Haven’s famous pizza joints. While the group was exhausted by the end of the conference, they were also elated and excited to return next year. With this experience in the books, the young but eager Westminster MUN delegation has developed the confidence and skills for future successful conferences, said Heckman.

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