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Model UN Mayhem
by Annie Wang, 2018 (posted 3-14-16)

Recently, the Model United Nations Club attended the Johns Hopkins Model United Nations Conference (JHUMUNC) in Baltimore, Maryland. For three days, 20 CHS students were part of committees that dealt with real world and mythical problems alike. After choosing committees ranging from 20 to around 80 people in December, the majority of the students were assigned to be delegates of Cuba. They then conducted background research on Cuba in relation to their own topic and came up with detailed position papers which were submitted ahead of time to the chairs of their respective committees.

After arriving via train midday on Thursday February 18th, the students checked into their hotel and went to a workshop on parliamentary procedure. In the evening, they attended an opening ceremony and had their first committee session. Finishing committee at 11 PM, the students were all physically and mentally exhausted. “We were all so sleep deprived after the first day but couldn’t wait for what was yet to come,” says Jessica Tan, 2018.

The next morning, the group was able to enjoy the city of Baltimore and take a bit of time away from the debating and formal nature of the conference. Excursions included a campus tour of Johns Hopkins, shopping or going to an aquarium in Inner Harbor, and a tour of Camden Yards, the home of Oriole Park. “I was already planning on visiting Johns Hopkins as a prospective student, so the tour was perfect,” says Sean Roach, 2018. They then had two three hours committee sessions. On Sunday, there were two more lengthy committee sessions but at night the group attended the delegate dance, showcasing their Cuban pride (as shown below). The students left for home on Sunday morning after an undoubtedly rewarding and enjoyable weekend. “I had a lot of fun, the people were great, and I learned a lot,” says Jordan Nann, 2018.

Students were all sad to leave the conference, but knew that the memories they made would last forever. President, Arnav Velaparthi, 2017 says, “The general consensus among the group was that it was more than just a conference, but rather an event that many of us will remember shaping our high school careers because of the lasting relationships we made.” For some students, the conference was a bittersweet end to their high school Model UN careers. “JHUMUNC was my favorite and final Model UN conference and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I’ll miss it next year,” says Esha Bhandari, 2016.
Photo Courtesy: Maureen DiSorbo