This recap was provided by Allyson Holley. Photo credits goes to Ashwin Kumar.
Central Texas Model United Nations (CTMUN) welcomed over 500 high school students to the Student Activities Center at the University of Texas at Austin for its 18th annual conference in January 2012. CTMUN 2012 boasted a staff of over 70 students from all over Texas and was led by Secretary-General Allyson Holley.
The theme for this year’s conference, Inventing An End, prompted students to not only discuss the revolutions that took place over the last year, but to look ahead to the future. The potential rewards and consequences of these events weighed on the minds of all delegates both in standard or crisis committees.
Standard committees held record numbers of delegates and still maintained incredibly high levels of debate. Committees included the IAEA, DISEC, and UNHRC. Topics ranged from “Reactor Safety at Aging Atomic Energy Plants” to “Improving Refugee Camp Sanitation”.
Building on the momentum of last year’s success, CTMUN 2012 added two crisis committees to the existing model of three including the Atlantic City Conference and the Knights Templar/Papal States joint committee. Under the leadership of the newly implemented Crisis Directors and their individual staffs, the delegates were constantly challenged with signature CTMUN style crisis media.
Candy-grams were sold throughout the weekend, and a portion of the proceeds will be sent to Us.International, a non-profit run by Will Lynch, a senior CTMUN delegate. The Board of Directors in partnership with the UNA-USA Austin chapter gave their second $1,000 senior scholarship to JanRoss Piedad, a senior at the International School of the Americas.
The Best Delegation award went to the Liberal Arts Science Academy and the Outstanding Delegation award went to Ronald Reagan High School.
CTMUN 2012 is not over yet, however — the conference will be moving to the fall, and so will be held again in October or November, under the leadership of the newly appointed Secretary-General Evan Hadfield.