York’s Model UN Team Triumphs Again

What has 38 legs, carries the Czech flag, and goes to Yale?

York Prep’s 17-member Model UN team, accompanied by advisor Heather Marshall Fleenor and chaperone Sumaya Ibourk, attended the 35th Annual Model United Nations Conference held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, on January 22-25. Over 1500 students from as far away as China and Japan participated in the UN simulation/competition.

Gillian Sorenson, Senior Advisor at the United Nations Foundation, kicked off Opening Ceremonies with an inspiring speech about the major issues facing the international community. The evening was capped off with a performance by Yale’s pop a cappella group.

The four-day conference was intense, with students working in committee as late as midnight some evenings. Representing the nations of Czech Republic and Eritrea, York Prep’s team rose to the occasion thanks to weeks of research and preparation on a myriad of topics, such as Maritime Piracy, Microfinance, Debt Relief, Rights of Migrant Workers, and International Law and Global Warming.

Delegate Alexy (10th grade) won an award for his work in committee on the following topics: “The Admission of Kosovo and Taiwan into the UN” and “Issues of Decolonization in Western Sahara.” As a result, York Prep’s team has garnered at least one award from every Model UN Conference they have attended.

Congratulations once again for a job well done!