The York Prep Model United Nations team represented Denmark and Iceland at the 26th annual Ivy League Model United Nations Conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Over 2000 students from around the world attended the conference held from Thursday, January 28 to Sunday, January 31, and York Prep sent 30 participants—the school’s largest team ever. The students researched countries they represented as well as real life problems and then put that research to the test by debating their topics and forming resolutions.
After an exciting four days of debating and wielding diplomacy, York Prep came home with a number of awards. Henry Knecht, Ethan Leavitt, Josh Shoen, Weston Gerlach, and Jeremy Losak all won verbal commendation awards for their individual committees and Isaac Inkeles won an Honorable Mention award, the second highest honor in his committee.
Despite being a relatively small school, York Prep’s team has become a heavyweight among the many prestigious schools that attend Model UN conferences. Michael Krasner, one of the team’s most experienced members said, “It’s been a pleasure going to every conference so far and seeing the team evolve into a group of refined ‘foreign policy makers’.” Krasner, a senior, has attended conferences at Yale, Princeton, and The United Nations in New York, among others.
The club has grown to over 30 from an original ten members. The team hopes to continue its success next year after many of the original members graduate. “I’m proud of my team and looking forward to more challenging and rewarding work in the coming academic year,” said Model UN advisor Mrs. Heather Marshall-Fleenor.