York's Model United Nations Club (MUN) sent a delegation of seven to this year’s Stanford Model United Nations Conference. Despite being a small delegation, our students did an excellent job competing against and negotiating with delegates from 48 other schools.
Drawing upon her knowledge of Greek, classical literature, deep knowledge of U.N. political procedure, and ability to examine political situations from multiple perspectives, Lekha Duvvoori once again earned recognition for her creative, skillful diplomacy and legislative initiatives, receiving a Verbal Commendation for her role as Cassandra. Cursed to speak true prophecies that no one believed, Lekha’s ability to influence her fellow Greek delegates and win recognition for her performance was truly remarkable. In only his first MUN conference, an adroit public speaker with a polished stage presence, Ethan Ertl earned Honorable Mention for his role representing China. As John Francis Mercer, a staunch anti-federalist, James Gonzales debated the role of federalism within the US Constitution, opposed measures seeking to expand federal government power, and favored states rights. A representative of Venezuela, Philip DeCocco forged alliances with other oil producing nations while Luke Iandoli—a representative of Australia, fought for measures to reduce and control carbon emissions. Joseph Burks, Tarkan Clark, and all York delegates wrote, sponsored, supported, and/or passed resolutions in the following General Assemblies, Committees, and Specialized Historical Legislative Bodies: The Continental Congress, Environmental Policy, The Greek and Trojan War, National Cyber Security Conference, and a Joint—China, Japan, Russia, and USA—Crisis Committee of 1945. Before the conference, students read and researched background topics in preparation for committee agendas. All delegates engaged in political negotiations and convinced committee members to be proactive in addressing targeted goals, confidently and with diplomacy.
York delegates will also attend upcoming conferences at Santa Teresa High School in Santa Clara (MUNSA) and the University of California-Berkeley (BMUN) in January and February 2017.
Extracurricular student organizations like YORK-MUN raise awareness of local, national, and global issues and help to prepare York students to be successful public speakers and knowledgeable global citizens and leaders.