York Prep’s Model UN Team Does It Again!

The York Prep Model United Nations team, supervised by History teacher Heather Marshall-Fleenor, garnered no fewer than 12 awards as representatives of Costa Rica and Iceland at the 12th Annual United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNAUSA) Model UN Conference on May 12-14, 2011.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon himself addressed the delegates—more than 200 attendees from all over the United States and 24 countries—during Opening Ceremonies in the General Assembly Hall of the UN.  He took the time to answer questions about North and South Korea, the nuclear disaster in Japan, and even what he likes and dislikes about his job.

In addition, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice gave an inspiring speech about the importance of idealism. She encouraged students to think about a career in international relations and about the opportunity to help solve the world’s most difficult issues.

The York Prep team served on eight different committees, ranging from UN Forum for the Forests to the UN Disarmament and Decolonization Committee.  Students tackled topics such as:

  • Improving maternal health in impoverished countries;
  • UN peace-building missions using  sports;
  • The disposal and maintenance of hazardous wastes; and
  • Technology that can improve life for the third world.

The following students earned Honorable Mention Awards:

Isaac Inkeles
Jeremy Losak
James Tsao
Jackson Potter
EnSok Kim
David Allerhand
Cole Lumpkin
Marissa Velasquez
Henry Knecht
Sam Weintraub
Gabe Skoletsky
Ethan Leavitt

Congratulations to Ms. Marshall-Fleenor and the entire team for a job well done!