This press release was provided by Patrick Garrett, the Director-General of UCHSMUN.
On Saturday, November 5th the University of Colorado-Boulder Model UN team hosted the 2011 University of Colorado High School Model United Nations (UCHSMUN). This year’s conference brought over 270 high school students from 18 different high schools from around Colorado to the CU conference in Boulder, CO.
Conference-Director Mikaela Ellenwood, Director-General Patrick Garrett, and Secretary- General Kirsten Walter decided to take a very different direction for this year’s conference compared to years’ past, focusing heavily on organizing a professional academic setting to highlight the possibility for future expansion to include schools in the Rocky Mountain region. With the departure of the Regional High School Model UN (RHSMUN) from Salt Lake City, UCHSMUN is looking to establishing itself as the premier high-school level Model UN conference in the Central Plains and Mountain West. With the great gap of larger regional conferences between Chicago and California, and a strong high school circuit already established within the region, UCHSMUN has the potential to bring in many more delegates and grow to be a multi-day conference. With the number of successes from the 2011 conference, Ellenwood and Garrett are confident that UCHSMUN will be able to attract schools from surrounding states like Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico and others in the coming years.
UCHSMUN was staffed by members of the national award-winning University of Colorado-Boulder Model UN team. The CU Model UN team consistently wins awards at the National Model United Nations conferences in New York and Washington DC. Support from the CU Model UN team, the CU Student Organization Finance Office, the UNA-USA Association of Boulder County, as well as the attending schools and sponsors made the conference not only a possibility, but a success.
After eight hours of intense committee sessions, delegates and schools who went above and beyond were recognized with awards. The final awards were as follows:
Outstanding: Boulder High School
Distinguished: Kent Denver High School
Honorable Mention: Monarch High School and Peak to Peak Charter School