After three days of intense committee sessions, it’s time for “Sunday Funday,” the day at Model UN conferences where crises and delegates alike go rogue. In the roughly one hour of committee sessions to round off the conference on Sunday morning, an array of hijinks could be witnessed. Dance-offs seemed to be a common trend (such as the battle between Brazil and Argentina), and elsewhere delegates were voting on committee superlatives (i.e. best dressed, most verbose, most likely to overthrow the government) and drafting ridiculous crisis directives.
Committees all wrapped up, delegates geared up for closing ceremonies. The excitement and apprehension were palpable in the ballroom as everyone waited to hear the results of their weekend’s work. Closing ceremonies began with a hilarious Harry Potter-themed video put together by the NCSC staff that featured some great photos of the delegates and staff from throughout the weekend. Before awards could be announced, various members of the secretariat took to the podium to thank everyone who made this weekend possible. NCSC Secretary-General Luke Young jokingly paid homage to the stereotypical MUN delegate’s need to hear him or herself speak, promising to keep his remarks short, but also stating that he would be taking full advantage of having the floor. Young and Executive Director Omika Jikaria then exchanged heartwarming praise for each others’ efforts, as well as those of Chelsea Dias, Chief of Staff, and reflected on the hard work and dedication that the entire secretariat put into NCSC XLI. Several references to Young looking like he just stepped out of the 1950s later, it was finally time for the highly anticipated awards.
The Secretariat acknowledged the difficulty of selecting this year’s awards, which was evidenced by the wide distribution of the gavels amongst the var
ious schools in attendance. After individual awards were presented, UChicago took home the Best Large Delegation award, Florida International University the Best Small Delegation award, UPenn the Outstanding Large Delegation award, and Claremont McKenna the Outstanding Small Delegation award. Congratulations to all delegates and staff for another great NCSC!