Wright State University’s Model United Nations team was recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives on May 24 for its exemplary performance at the 2017 National Model UN Conference.
Representing Italy, the Wright State team was named an Outstanding Delegation — the highest honor — at the conference, which took place in New York City on March 19-23.
It was the 38th consecutive year the university’s Model UN team earned a delegation award at the annual national conference. Wright State students also won six Outstanding Position Paper awards and two peer-selected Outstanding Delegate in Committee Awards at this year’s conference.
“These honors are a justifiable source of pride not only for the members and their mentors but also for the entire WSU community,” the House resolution states.
The resolution also highlighted the team members’ maturity, determination and motivation. “Their impressive accomplishments reflect a bright, promising future for each of its members, who have proven that they are tomorrow’s ambitious leaders,” the resolution states.
The House resolution was sponsored by Rep. Rick Perales, who represents the 73rd House District, which includes the western portion of Greene County.
“I’m grateful to the representatives who agreed to support us today, and I am so proud of our team being recognized in the national conference, but there is something special about being recognized so highly in our home state,” said Amanda Baker, one of the team’s head delegates.
During the Model United Nations conference, students participate as delegates to various UN committees. The participants research and formulate political positions based on the actual policies of the countries they represent.
Vaughn Shannon, associate professor of political science, and Liam Anderson, professor of political science, are the team’s faculty advisers.
The 2017 team includes head delegates Amanda Baker and Cody Smith and student members Csongor Bajnoczki, Daniel Bowman, Crystal Burns, Allyson Clark, Peyton Clark, Christian Cooper, Annalecia Heironimus, Caroline Hoffman, Autumn Kern, Jarod Kiser, Porter Lyons, Pamala Michael, Rahima Nour-Hamadi, Alex Oxner, Dan Palmer, Stephanie Patino-Garfias, Deki Peldon, Jakob Puckett, Samantha Pugh, Tony Riedel, Sarah Upton and Nickii Webb.