*This guest article was written by the EagleMUNC IV team.
This year, EagleMUNC IV hosted a record 660 delegates from 43 different high schools and MUN clubs from within the US and abroad this past weekend of March 18-20, 2016. We are proud to announce that the conference theme for the fourth installment of EagleMUNC was “Liberty & Security”. Under this motif, EagleMUNC Delegates experienced a wide range of Classic General Assembly-style Committees and integrated crisis committees, including a futuristic espionage clash between the US and China, the Peloponnesian Triple Joint War Committees, and the Disney Board of Directors Committee.
Keeping with our theme of “Liberty & Security,” EagleMUNC IV presented unique simulations in accordance with our mission of educating through experiential learning, forward thought, and innovation. The 2016 Keynote Speaker, Captain William M. Shepherd U.S. Navy (Ret.), was a former Navy Seal and NASA Astronaut who served as Commander of Expedition 1, the first crew on the International Space Station.
Each of our 17 different committees were designed to expose students to the myriad of applications for political debate and negotiation. Each committee was given a budget for materials and props, surprising delegates with a meet-and-greet with Mickey Mouse, notes delivered via drone, and complimentary Coca-Cola.
This year, we introduced for the first time the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary General and The Press Corps committees. In hopes of fully immersing our delegates in our 40-Hour Simulation, both of those committees included a technology component. In Ad-Hoc: Mars 2100, all communication between delegates and crisis was facilitated through email. Each delegate was provided an EagleMUNC email and used that to send notes to fellow delegates and to the crisis room. The immersive nature of the committee led to the creation of character Twitter accounts and debate on social media. Furthermore, the Ad-Hoc delegates created a national anthem, which is included in the video attached to this email as “EagleMUNC IV Closing Video.” Delegates in the EagleMUNC Press Corps committee divided their time “in the office” and “in the field” – debating and reporting throughout the weekend. Live-tweeting events, these journalists uncovered secrets in our committees, such as the fake delegate (a Boston College student disguised as a delegate) in the House of Un-American Activities. A copy of their publication, Eagle International News, is a testament to their hard work and recounts the diverse array of simulations.
Outside of the committee room, we hosted our popular advisor simulation hosted by Secretary-Generals Emeriti Braeden Lord and Michael Keefe. An EagleMUNC app was released to enhance the advisor and delegate experience at our conference. This resource is free and accessible on the App Store. If interested, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eaglemunc/id1089794313?mt=8. In addition, the EagleMUNC Snapchat account recorded all the exciting action throughout the weekend in our story. Delegates and EagleMUNC team members were encouraged to “snap” at the EagleMUNC account and used the two custom EagleMUNC geo filters throughout the weekend.
Best Large Delegation: Bedford High School (NH)
Best Small Delegation: Belen Jesuit Preparatory School (FL)
Outstanding Large Delegation: Cape Elizabeth High School (ME)
Outstanding Small Delegation: Lexington High School (MA)
Check out EagleMUNC’s closing ceremonies video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwXfVmbGsY4tODNablFzc1l4MXc/view
Check out EagleMUNC’s International News here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwXfVmbGsY4tQlV6Znc3c19tZm8/view