One Thousand Days Transformed - The Campaign for Cedarville

by Marielle Payton, Student Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s 20-member Model United Nations team excelled at the regional Dayton Model United Nations competition, held February 3-4, at Sinclair Community College.   Model UN team members talk amongst themselves and practice their speeches.

The team, led by captains Sage Showers (Hammon, Oklahoma), Jonny Gartner (Sunbury, Ohio) and Benjamin Mays (Middletown, Ohio), claimed 10 honors, including Outstanding Delegation and Distinguished Delegation.

Joining Cedarville in the competition were teams from Wright State University, the University of Dayton and University of Mount Union.

Gartner and senior Abigail Rist (Kyiv, Ukraine) led Cedarville to the “Outstanding Delegation” award in the simulated security council and international atomic energy agency. Teammates Stephen Mattackal (Cedarville, Ohio) and Emma Blakemore (Lexington, Kentucky) were pivotal as Cedarville claimed the Distinguished Delegation award in the Security Council and Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice categories. 

“Students who participate on the team are of the highest academic caliber and balance not only Model U.N. but also many other extracurriculars on top of their academic workload,” said Gartner. “Cedarville's Model UN team is a representation of our student body's commitment to excellence in effort and representing Christ well in all we do.”

Seven students on the team won honorable mentions, including Zachary Cavin, (Warren, Ohio) Mays, Hannah Dunham (Southgate, Michigan), Sarah Colgan (Raleigh, North Carolina) and Thaddian Burson (Cedarville, Ohio).

Model U.N. team members compete with other students and colleges from around the world to diplomatically advocate for the policy positions of the country they are assigned to represent. Students typically participate in the National Collegiate Model U.N. Conference in New York City every year, as well as two local competitions, one of which is the Dayton Model United Nations Conference.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 5,082 undergraduate, graduate, and dual-enrolled high school students in more than 175 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is one of the largest private universities in Ohio, recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including the department of history and government as well as high graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings. Cedarville’s MSN program has been ranked #5 in Ohio and #89 in the nation according to US News and World Report, and Cedarville has been ranked #4 nationally by the Wall Street Journal for student engagement. For more information about the University, visit

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