Model UN Team Captures Awards

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio-Cedarville University’s Model UN team won two of five Outstanding Delegate prizes as well as additional recognitions at the recent Dayton Model UN (DAYMUNC) competition.

DAYMUNC participants play the role of UN delegates from various countries and try to faithfully represent each country’s national interests and typical policies. This year’s DAYMUNC included some 130 student delegates from 12 regional colleges and universities.
The Cedarville University team members represented China, India, Venezuela, and Peru on five United Nations committees. They won eight of the 21 awards available and earned recognition in all five committees.

Cedarville’s Karen Williams (Midlothian, Va.), representing China in the Security Council, received the competition’s top award of “Outstanding Delegate,” as did Daniel Lagan (Simsbury, Conn.) as a member of India’s Environment Committee. Art Suchorzewski (Broad Brook, Conn.) received the “Distinguished Delegate” title for his contributions as a representative of China in the second Security Council session.

Also earning special recognition were Gena Bravick (China), Matt Deakin (Venezuela) and Jennifer Flynn (India) on the Economic and Social (ECOSOC) Committee. Kelli Daugherty (Venezuela) and Mallory Fisher (China) won similar awards in the General Assembly.

“The Dayton Model United Nations Conference was a great experience. I enjoyed the challenge of having to accurately represent another country’s position on key economic and social issues,” said Flynn, a junior international studies major. “I feel Cedarville is preparing me very well for being involved in intercultural settings. Model UN was another Cedarville experience enabling me to positively affect the world around me.”

Dr. Frank Jenista, the team advisor, noted, “The 13 Cedarville team members put in many hours of preparation, convincingly played their diplomatic roles at the conference, and were influential framers of the final resolutions passed by each of the committees. All deserve recognition and appreciation for their superior diplomatic skills and representation of Cedarville University.”

Dr. Jenista is a professor of international studies and served for 25 years as an American diplomat.