HillMUN 2015 is a mun success
By leonardo matone, Junior writer
On November 14, the Hillcrest Model United Nations class hosted its Second Annual HILLMUN which included elite schools from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The event, put together by Advisor Mr. Shult and his team of MUNCH’ers, finished second in the event.
The event was the culmination of several months of hard work. Mr. Shult worked with Chris Talamo from the non-profit organization Education-in-Motion to put this together. It was Mr. Talamo that worked with the Secretary General from CESIMS, one of the several Model United Nation programs at Columbia University, to host the event.
“The Hillcrest community is very proud of the achievements of the Model UN team. My understanding is that at the last conference Mr. Shult’s students received more awards than schools from New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts -- I look forward to seeing what HillMUN achieves next!”
HillMUN took place in Columbia University, within Hamilton Hall. Each conference was to start at 9:00 AM, and end at 5:30 PM, with breaks in between. The conference was divided into five committees, Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Futuristic as well as present Security Councils, and the Conference Of the Parties (COP-21), each tasked with a certain issue. Each committee was chaired by a director, and assistant director, both of whom dedicated their summers, putting in weeks of work to accomplish the success which was HillMUN.
Many schools attended, the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, Rutgers Preparatory School, Bronx High School of Science, among many others, all divided into these five committees.
It was a fruitful start for the class, as well as a one. At the end of the day, each committee had voted on a resolution for the topic given. Thomas Edison High School was given the award for Best Delegation. Four students from Hillcrest received an award, Kayla Ortiz and Ashley Nelson for Commendable Performance, Sanjana Tripathi for Outstanding Performance, and Jose Larios for Best Delegate.
"Overall, Hillmun was a great experience. Mainly due to the fact that we had a great staff and everyone was welcoming. Speaking from a personal experience, the committee I was in was entertaining yet kept professional, two great combinations for a successful committee." said Media, Arts and Music sophomore Rashell Vasquez, second year student of the Model United Nations program.
The Hillcrest Model United Nations team will be next attending SCIMUNC in December, a Model United Nations Conference hosted by The Bronx High School of Science.
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