The University of Florida Model United Nations organization’s conference provides a learning experience unlike any other in that it breaks from the traditional classroom setting to transform high school students into experts on pressing international issues. For the weekend, students become delegates in important international forums addressing complex global issues such as preventing the spread of diseases, defending human rights, and upholding justice in the international system.
Unlike traditional Model United Nations conferences, GatorMUN has chosen to eliminate the General Assemblies, which are typically the largest and most formally run committees. Instead, GatorMUN offers delegates seventeen smaller simulations to choose from, which we hope will give delegates the opportunity to become more actively engaged in understanding and debating various global issues.
There were 16 schools and over 450 delegates at GatorMUN this weekend. Port Charlotte High School won the Outstanding Large Delegation (equivalent to Best Large) with gavels in half of the 18 committees, and Spanish River High School won the Outstanding Small Delegation (equivalent to Best Small). Gulf Coast High School also performed well with four gavels.
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