Upper School Students Attend Penn Model UN Conference
Upper School Students Attend Penn Model UN Conference

Fifty-seven EA students recently attended the Model United Nations Conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.

"Students represented Argentina, Indonesia, and France and were assigned committee membership in order to debate current issues," explained Upper School history teacher and Model UN advisor Rob Trumbull, Hon. "The students researched and wrote position papers, which were used as the basis of the debate in their committee."

An estimated 3,000 students from around the world attended the conference.

Emma Sargent '18 and Charlotte Weisman '18, a team representing France, received a Verbal Commendation during the closing ceremonies for their representation of France during the historical League of Nations meeting in 1932.

"I enjoyed my committee meetings, especially making directives," shared Noble Brigham '20. "This year I was on a crisis committee: JCC Russian Revolution 1917. I pretended to be Alexander Guchkov, Minster of War and part of the Provincial Government that replaced the recently abdicated Tsar. I wanted to remove Russia from World War I and stabilize the country." Noble pointed out Guchkov was a childhood role model for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Neha Mukherjee '18 has been involved with Model UN since 7th grade, so this was her final high school conference. "My favorite part is the ability to learn about global issues from different perspectives. I also love that we get to meet new people and work together," said Neha. "I was on the United Nations Security Council this year as France. Delegates come in every so often with a new crisis, and we as a body must find ways to solve it. It is really exciting!"

"Some of the committees we were assigned included the Disarmament and International Security Committee, Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee, Special Political and Decolonization Committee, The Economic and Financial Committee, and Legal Committee," said Mr. Trumbull. "Topics cover a variety of areas including drone warfare, the Yemen Civil War, mercenaries and private security company use in conflict areas, and the economic costs of migration in Europe."

"This year I was on the SOCHUM Committee which is the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee," explained Phoebe Christos '18. "I represented France. In my committee, we discussed the protection of international journalists. I worked with my partner, Kate Beinkampen '19, to help come up with ways to help journalists stay safe."

"I really enjoyed the conference," said Noble. "It was nice to be with so many intelligent people concerned with current events."

"Mr. Trumbull (Upper School MUN advisor) and Mrs. Cannon (Middle School MUN advisor) do such a great job making Model UN so memorable for EA students each year. I am so thankful I have had the opportunity to work with these teachers and participate in this great experience for the past six years," shared Neha.

"I love spending time with my classmates in a unique environment and working with people from all over the world to form resolutions to problems that are happening in the real world," said Phoebe.

Upper School history teachers Lynne Hay, Hon., and Dave Mercante are also advisors and attended the conference.

The event ran from Thursday, January 25 through Sunday, January 28 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.