Nineteen Upper School students took part in one of the biggest Model UN conferences in the nation, traveling with Mr. Atencio and Mr. Kenenitz to the Model United Nations of the University of Chicago on Feb. 5-8.

Teaming up to represent Malaysia and Swaziland were Divya Avula, Hannah Branit, Shreya Chandra, Theo Covello, Madi Delaney, Jayneal Jimenez, Daniel Kim, Alana Lay-Phillips, Isabella Mourgelas, Vincent Oganwu, Sabrina Rathi, Savi Rathi, Ben Rosen, Davey Salwan, Kirsten Schmidt, Amar Shabeeb, Pramukh Sreerama, Maria Ulayyet, and Gregory Wittenberg.

Model UN is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, current events, effective communication, globalization, and multilateral diplomacy. Students take on roles as diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization (IGO).

During a conference, participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills to represent the policies of their country. These skills include public speaking, group communication, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, note taking, and technical writing. The conference allows participants to learn about the countries they are assigned to represent and gain an understanding of international relations.

Model United Nations of the University of Chicago (MUNUC) is a four-day conference providing secondary school students with educational simulations of United Nations and other international affairs-themed bodies. MUNUC simulates a wide variety of committees, including the UN Disarmament and International Security Committee, Economic Community of West African States, and United Nations Children’s Fund. Now in its 27th year, MUNUC has distinguished itself among the nation’s premier high school United Nations simulations.