Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) Closing Ceremonies: J.P. Stevens Wins Best Large Delegation

by Ryan on January 30, 2012

Best Large Delegation: J.P. Stevens High School
Outstanding Large Delegation: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Best Small Delegation: Beekmantown High School
Best International Delegation: Cathedral and John Connon School

Update: HMUN has posted the full list of awards here. In addition to the schools above, Port Charlotte did very well with 13 awards across 16 committees, as well as Oceanside, who received 12 awards.

Congratulations to all delegates and staff on a successful conference! And thank you to Hunter and his team for having me visit!

  • http://twitter.com/JerriNewman Jerri Newman

    Is it true that delegates from the Outstanding Large Delegation: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools were found guilty of plagiarism? How can the delegation win an award with plagiarists on the delegation?

    • Alex Nye

      Yep, UChicago Lab was found guilty of plagiarism in at least 1 committee.

      • Anonymous

        Even if true, allegations against individual delegates or pairs should not– and are not, at least by HMUN– held against the school as a whole. I am sure that the vast majority of schools that do MUN have had instances of plagiarism happen on their team (“plagiarism” is a very broad spectrum). Until there is official word on the exact incident in question, speculation on this forum is rather fruitless and mean-spirited. Any delegate found guilty of plagiarism is of course disqualified for an individual award– any resolution that contains plagiarism is typically torn up in front of the committee (see HNMUN 2011). If the delegates were found to have plagiarized, appropriate action has already been taken- and presumably further action will be taken by Lab internally.

        • http://twitter.com/JerriNewman Jerri Newman

          You seriously are sure the vast majority of schools have had plagiarism on their teams? I doubt that. In any case, without data collection, what any one person is sure of is meaningless. I do not think it is mean-spirited to comment on official recognition policies. What is mean about that?

          • Anonymous

            I am not entirely sure what you mean by plagiarism, but just about every competitive team gets accused of pre-writing every few conferences. It’s very common, but rarely are the claims well-founded. Irrespective of the veracity of those claims, it’s nothing specific to Lab, or to Dalton, or to any other schools who’ve faced these accusations.
            It’s not mean-spirited to bring an accusation about a delegate on your committee to a committee chair or your faculty advisor, but it is a little mean spirited for us to blame an entire team for the actions of an individual, or conjecture needlessly on a common message board.

          • Anonymous

            Agreed. However, it does seem unnecessary and in bad taste to accuse a delegate of plagiarism just because of their school’s name and reputation.

  • Anonymous

    Was PCHS there?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, PCHS was there

  • Anonymous

    In order to be caught with a plagiarized paper, they HAD to have pre-writtens as well. While my school only won a few awards and wasn’t in the running for a school award; We still feel Chicago Lab should of been disqualified.

  • Anonymous

    I also think that it’s quite funny that PCHS lost. They’re sooo arrogant for no reason. They only had one gavel!

  • Anonymous

    Past experience has shown that U Chicago has a tradition of prewritten resolutions. At Ivy MUN 06 they came into several committees w multi page resolutions prior to the 2nd session. I witnessed this. I also scannned these on turnitin.com after the conference…..100% plaigarised. When conferences use turnitin.com then credibility will increase and the aspect of the REAL UN where nations work together to craft resolutions will come to the fore front. Til then it is but a farce bc many schools prewrite resolutions and get away with it.

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