Model UN triumphs at Yale contestUniversity team wins Outstanding Conference Award The University of Chicago Model United Nations Team continued its winning tradition by taking first-place award at the 19th national Security Council Simulation at Yale (SCSYXIX), held Oct. 17-20. The team outperformed such top contenders as West Point and the University of Pennsylvania, who have traditionally done well at the Yale invitational.
Chicago won the Outstanding Conference Award for receiving top honors in six of seven committee competitions. Each committee presents three awards, one for best delegate and two honorable mentions.
The Model United Nations program provides college students an opportunity to play the role of delegates from countries in the United Nations as well as members in other political organizations. The student delegations form committees to discuss a variety of international issues and, through debate and negotiation, try to pass resolutions on the issues.
Pairs and individual competitors acknowledged for their outstanding committee performances are Carolina Herrera, George Varghese, Leah Bartelt, Leon Que and Jen Goldbeck, who all received best delegate awards, and Akash Bijlani, Max Leichtman, Kate Wittekindt and Tim Crowhurst, who received honorable mentions.
Chicago has been one of the most competitive teams on the Model United Nations circuit since it began competing 8 years ago, winning team and individual awards virtually non-stop at top conferences at Harvard, Penn and Georgetown. The Model United Nations Team has won the Harvard Conference seven of their eight competitions.