GSMUN 2018: A Resounding Success

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GSMUN 2018: A Resounding Success

Photo courtesy Jenny Glazier (`18).

Photo courtesy Jenny Glazier (`18).

Photo courtesy Jenny Glazier (`18).

Photo courtesy Jenny Glazier (`18).

Tejas Muthusamy, Staff Writer

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This past Friday and Saturday, hundreds of middle and high-schoolers across the Metro Richmond area gathered at Maggie Walker to attend one of the biggest student-run Model United Nations conferences in the state. 2018 marked the 21st edition of the Governor’s School Model UN (GSMUN) and it was the best one yet. With over 18 committees (ranging from contemporary committees such as the United Nations Security Council to historical ones like the Roman Senate) delegates had a whole lot to choose from. The two-day conference was overall very successful, with GSMUN raising around $10,000 for Love146, a charity dedicated to ending human trafficking around the world.

Most delegates seemed to enjoy their time at GSMUN. Carissa Trieu, a delegate in the JCC Pakistan committee said that she ”gained a lot more knowledge concerning Pakistan in the mid-1900s” and that she is ”probably going to do it next year because it was really fun.” Outside of simply participating in committee sessions, delegates were able to listen to two guest speakers: Rob Morris, the president and co-founder of Love146, and Samantha Powers, the former US ambassador to the United Nations under the Obama administration. Some other highlights included the sale of Candy Grams (bags of candy with a note attached that delegates could send to others) and the fulfillment of certain incentives set by chairs, like pieing or dyeing hair.

GSMUN staff also echoed the fact that the conference went well. Ethan Ringer (‘21), a vice-chair, says that he would ”recommend it to any Maggie Walker student thinking of participating.” Caroline Rucker (‘21), a crisis volunteer, agreed, saying that “overall, GSMUN had an incredibly focused, professional vibe will also keeping things fun!” Rucker also hopes that ”the delegates received a new perspective on the world in some way.” Thus, it can undoubtedly be determined that GSMUN was a resounding success.

Not only is GSMUN a fun time for delegates, it allows them to learn in-depth about a topic, which can teach valuable research skills. Moreover, the ability to think of an argument from a different perspective is exercised through Model UN, since the point-of-view the delegate is required to speak from is not always indicative of the delegate’s own. Finally, delegates learn how to both write and debate, two increasingly important abilities in a communication-driven world. As Rucker said, ”It’s really important to gain insight on other parts of the world, especially at a time when the world is so divided.”

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