On March 1, Wasatch Academy’s Model United Nation’s team attended the Berkeley Model United Nations (BMUN) conference/competition in California for the first time. Competing against 2,500 students from across the United States, the Wasatch Academy delegates discussed difficult topics, created motions, and presented speeches involving current global crisis in technology, the environment, and cultural issues.
Berkeley Model United Nations is a student-run organization on the UC Berkeley campus dedicated to continuing its six decades of excellence as the world’s premier – and very first – United Nations simulation. Entering its 66th session, BMUN’s mission is to spread awareness of international issues and the spirit of diplomacy through UN simulations. The event provides a platform for students interested in enhancing a myriad of skills, such as research, writing, debate, speech, collaboration, professional, and diplomatic skills.
“Experiential learning programs like Model UN allow students the opportunity to take the knowledge they have been building in the classroom and really apply it to real-world situations,” said Josh McAlister, Wasatch Academy Model UN Coach.
Impressed by the diversity of the small Wasatch Academy eight-member team representing five different countries, Berkeley chairs enjoyed the collaborative and creative solutions brought by the team. The cohesion presented by the group supported Enrique Roces in earning the Outstanding Delegate award for his presentation on Entrepreneurship in the Developing World – The Crisis of Mobility.
Although other members of the team, Lavinia Tuineau, Nil Sipal, Emmanuel Flores, Josh Brown, William Wang, and Margot Grotstein did not walk away from the event with achievement awards, they are already preparing for the Utah High School MUN competition in April. Grotstein states, “This was definitely a memorable experience. The conference taught me that there are a countless number of solutions to every problem and that you must be open to listening to others to ensure your solution is the best. I am looking forward to the next event.”