Model UN Delegation Attends Boston Conference
Ten Waynflete Upper School students joined more than 3,000 high school students from 38 different countries at the Harvard Model United Nations Conference in Boston for four days last week.
Sophomore Jonas Maines; Juniors Louis Frumer, Nate Hansen, Matthew Jarrell, Misha Linnehan, Louise Lyall, Sophie Raffel, Mason Saltz, and Jonathan Silin; and Senior Abukar Adan were chosen because of the awards they had won at Maine Model UN last May for outstanding performances. With partial funding from the Fund for Global Understanding and a generous anonymous donor, they began working as a team last September preparing for the conference at Harvard. Representing Kazakhstan, they prepared position papers on disarmament, “futuristic economics,” food security, decolonization, border conflicts, drone warfare, immigration, communicable disease, and the special problems with the Afghan/Pakistani border. At the Conference itself they presented and voted on resolutions and mingled with students from schools all over the world. It was a whirlwind four days, with one welcome break involving a trip to Chinatown for some exceptional dim sum!
Congratulations to all involved, especially Jonathan Silin ’15, who was awarded an Honorable Mention for his performance at the High Level Meeting. “The sheer size (of the conference) is spectacular," said Jonathan, "and meeting new and interesting people from all over the world is inevitable. Delegates come thoroughly, maybe overly, prepared, making for engaging and testing committee sessions.”
All of the students are looking forward to using their newly-honed parliamentary debate skills at the Model UN at University of Southern Maine this coming May.