This fall, the Model United Nations Club at Trumbull High School won awards and recognitions at every conference they attended. Best Delegate, an online educational company that helps students and teachers worldwide succeed at Model United Nations and beyond, ranks high school Model UN teams every fall and spring. Trumbull High ranks in the top 85 teams among all high school Model UN teams in North America and comes second in the northeast only to New Canaan High School.
Trumbull High School ranked in the “Outstanding Delegate” category as a team. All of the teams in this category either won delegation awards at smaller conferences or won a small delegation award at a larger, more competitive conference. A few of them were included for consistently winning across conferences or for finishing near the top at a competitive conference.
Trumbull’s Model UN Club started its fall season with a record high attendance of 60 students at their first meeting and then a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on October 24th at Trumbull’s Library and Town Hall. Brandon Capece, president of the Model UN club at Trumbull High School said, The significance of the United Nations is often dismissed when people are reminded of the problems occurring daily throughout the world. UN Day, however, is an important opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the United Nations in promoting international peace. I am honored to have been able to host UN Day for the second time for this very reason.” Trumbull’s competitive season started the next weekend with a one-day competition at Horace Mann School in New York City on October 27th. The team took home an honorable mention award at their first time at the conference.
During the weekend of November 8th – 10th, 2012 and with the support of the Trumbull Academic Challenge for Excellence (ACE) Foundation, the team traveled to the University of Connecticut and took home four awards. Sophomore Nick Lozinak won the Best Delegate Award for his work as Nigeria in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Committee. Senior and Vice President of the Club, Jeff Netting took home the Best Delegate Award for his work as Russia in the International Criminal Court. In the Counter Terrorism committee, senior Gulrukh Haroon won the Best Delegate Award for her work as Nigeria. Junior Chitra Nidadavolu rounded out the awards with an Honorable Mention for her work as Russia in the UNICEF committee. Netting said, “I like UConn a lot as a conference because, even though it's a place to learn, the level of debate is always high enough to keep things interesting.”
The following weekend, Trumbull’s newest members and the leadership team of the Model UN Club competed at a one-day conference at Fairfield University. The conference took place on Friday, November 18th and included around 250 students from 14 different schools from the tri-state area. Trumbull swept the awards including four Best Delegate Awards (seniors Lily Bauer, Brandon Capece, Jeff Netting, and Nicole Wittstein) and an Honorable Mention Awards for seniors Kevin Bielicki and Ryan McEniry. “It's not everyday that high school students get to have intellectual discussions with our peers on the issues of today and how to solve them. The Fairfield MUN Conference, as well as many others, provides this invaluable experience to us,” McEniry said. Brandon Capece said, “Fairfield University is an excellent introductory conference to the East Cost Model UN Circuit. I found myself captivated in the level of debate and the complexity of the issues that they had to offer. It is undoubtedly a conference that I would recommend to anyone who has a serious interest in doing Model UN.”
This winter, the Trumbull team will continue its path towards success at Yale University (January 24th – 27th) and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (February 7th – 10th). The students’ experiences with Model UN translate directly into the classroom as sophomore Michael Zabin (and Press Secretary for Model UN) said, “Model UN helps me become a better student by teaching me skills like communication and teamwork. These skills are especially important in projects when I need to present or work in a group.”