The Naples Council on World Affairs hosted its Southwest Florida Model United Nations (SWFLMUN) conference this past weekend at Florida Gulf Coast University. The conference is considered to be the most competitive conference in Florida with most of the top teams in attendance and with thousands of dollars of scholarships given every year based on a delegate’s cumulative performance over their career at the conference.
Awards: The conference has a higher standard for debate quality since former international relations and public policy professionals judge the sessions while college staffers moderate the debate from the dais. Similar to GTMUN, the SWFLMUN conference gives out delegation awards by country. Port Charlotte High School won the first place Outstanding Delegation award with its United Kingdom delegation and also took the second place Distinguished Delegation award for its Congo delegation. Cape Coral High School received the third place Meritorious Delegation award for representing Argentina. Gulf Coast High School also did well and placed fourth overall with its Russian Federation delegation.
Scholarships: A full tuition scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University was presented to one outstanding senior, and that went to Ashley Inman of Gulf Coast High School. Two full tuition scholarships to Florida Gulf Coast University were also given to outstanding junior participants and those were given to Joe Capeto and Jesse Hevia, both from Port Charlotte High School. Four Port Charlotte seniors also received $1,500 scholarships for “careers of excellence.”