Model UN students excel in competitions
Model UN students excel in competitions

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, 16 CCDS Upper School students participated in the fifth-annual Wyoming High School Model UN competition (WYOMUN V); more than 200 high school students from 20 local and regional high schools took part in WYOMUN V. Country Day students performed very well, earning top-three finishes in 4 of 10 committees.

Laney Stapp ('20) took first-place "Best Delegate" honors in her committee (2015 Canadian Election: Trudeau's Campaign) for her superior work. Winning second-place "Outstanding Delegate" awards for their strong work were Josh Nixon ('20) (The Time of Troubles: Russia in Chaos) and rookie Christopher Langenbahn ('22) (NCAA: Managing Student Athletes). Winning a third-place "Honorable Delegate award was Eashwar Kantemneni ('20) (League of Nations: Beyond the Dark Age of Imperialism).

All 16 Country Day students had a great time and represented CCDS well. Congratulations to all of our budding diplomats!

On Monday, October 29, 2018, 19 CCDS Upper School students traveled to Dayton to compete in the University of Dayton's annual Model United Nations conference. This year's competition saw seven Ohio and Indiana high schools and more than 200 students role playing international diplomats grappling with a variety of global problems, including the rights of migrant children, sustainable energy in rural areas, and access to education and technology for women.

Country Day acquitted itself well at the conference, with 7 of the 19 CCDS diplomats earning awards in their respective committees. Lila Weizer ('21) and Gauri Midha ('21) shared third-place ("Honorable Delegate") in the Committee on the Status of Women for their work representing Poland and Germany, respectively. Also winning a third-place "Honorable Delegate" award was Christian Page ('21) for his work representing the Netherlands on the Economic and Social Council. Winning first-place ("Outstanding Delegate") awards were Kayla Boaz ('19) and rookie Terre Virzi ('22) for their work representing Germany on the Human Rights Council, and Manav Midha ('19) and rookie Bijin Basu ('22) representing Germany on the Economic and Social Council.

The entire Country Day contingent represented their countries – and Country Day – well. Congratulations to all, and a special shout out to the award winners!

Looking ahead, the CCDS MUN club will travel to Indiana University in late February, and hopes to return to Northwestern University in mid-April.

The club plans to compete again at Indiana University in late February. Club members also hope to once again participate in the Northwestern University competition in April.

-Peter Fossett, Model UN advisor