Washington Area Model United Nations Conference (WAMUNC) 2012 Liveblog, NJ Fans, and Awards

by KFC on March 26, 2012

I got to meet at lot of Best Delegate fans at WAMUNC!

Blogging the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference (WAMUNC) is always a little different since we’ve spoken at Opening Ceremonies in the past two years. Here’s my speech from this year. Speaking enabled me to meet a lot more fans at the conference, particularly those from New Jersey. But of course, WAMUNC isn’t about my experience. It’s about the delegates learning and having fun in committee, and we have the liveblog of the conference below to show you what that looks like!

Here’s our liveblog of the conference. As usual, we try to take photos of delegates in action, particularly those who were actively leading their committees:

Delegates vote in DISEC

Brazil (West Windsor-Plainsboro HS North) leads some after-hours negotiation in the OAS

Barbados (Port Charlotte) and Bolivia (Coral Reef) debate an idea in the OAS

A delegate in the IOC tries to convince others that the next Olympics should be held in a Middle Eastern country

Delegates in action in the IOC

UNDP chairs count the votes

Delegates negotiate a resolution outside of the committee room in the CCPCJ

The United States (Port Charlotte) makes a speech in the CCPCJ

India (West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South) makes some great points as delegates listen in attentively

South Africa (Bergen County Academies) makes a comment during moderated caucus in the CCPCJ

Tunisia makes a speech in the CCPCJ

The Bahamas (Mt. Lebanon High School) makes a comment during moderated caucus in the CCPCJ

Cuba literally draws an analogy to the divide between the two caucus groups in the CCPCJ

Germany makes a comment during moderated caucus in the CCPCJ

Thailand (Toronto French School) makes a speech in the CCPCJ

Croatia (Stuyvesant High School) was one of the few delegates to break the deadlock by pointing out the differences in the two resolutions, namely that one could violate national sovereignty while the other does not.

Japan (Stuyvesant High School) makes her solutions loud and clear in the East Asia Summit

Viet Nam (Bergen County Academies) has concerns about sustainable development in the East Asia Summit

The United States (Port Charlotte High School) makes a speech in the East Asia Summit

The Russian Federation (Oceanside High School) leads a caucus bloc in UNESCO

Senegal (Lancaster Country Day School) adds in his ideas during unmoderated caucus in UNESCO

A caucus bloc led by Switzerland (West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South) explain their draft resolution to the UNHCR.

A crisis staffer briefs the North Korean Command

A delegate (left) in the North Korean Command receives an offer from the exiled brother of the Chair (played by GWU alum and former Head Delegate Sheng Zhou) to betray the chair in exchange for a high military position

GWIAS Jeremy Ilouian chairs the UN Command joint crisis on the Korean peninsula

The UN Command was divided into diplomats and military officials. Delegates on both sides listened closely to the latest crisis update.

A delegate (Franklin High School) reads off the press release in the UN Command

Delegates on with diplomacy roles brainstorm about solutions in the UN Command

Amy O'Halloran, who poses dual American and Irish citizenship, made for an expert chair in the North Ireland Peace Settlement Negotiations

Madeline Albright (Port Charlotte High School) speaks in the North Ireland Peace Settlement Negotiations

 

The Democratic Unionist Party and Labor Group (West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North) speaks in the North Ireland Peace Settlement Negotiations

Lithuania speaks in NATO

France (Franklin High School) asks a question in NATO

Lebanon (Port Charlotte) speaks in the League of Arab States

Qatar speaks in the League of Arab States

China adds his country's thoughts to the discussion in the League of Arab States

Bahrain speaks in the League of Arab States

Djibouti speaks in the League of Arab States

Mauritania responds to Djibouti's ideas in the League of Arab States

China speaks in the Security Council

WAMUNC crisis staff love!

More WAMUNC crisis staff love!

The German judge in the ICJ makes her arguments as other judges listen

The United States judge makes her case and says that there is not enough evidence to rule against Belgium

Press Corps chair Kerry Lanzo briefs the correspondents before they go off to different committees

The Press Corps listens in on committee to find interesting stories

NGO Programme Chair Alyson Brown briefs the NGO leaders about the type of support and involvement they can contribute to resolutions in the committees. I thought WAMUNC's NGO program did a good job curbing the rampant use of NGOs in resolutions.

Oceanside delegates having fun at WAMUNC

Fort Myers High School poses for a team photo at WAMUNC

Best Delegate Fans from New Jersey

There was a huge contingent of Best Delegate fans in attendance as evidenced by the cheers I got when my name was announced as a speaker during Opening Ceremonies. This included many schools from New Jersey, a hotbed of Model UN, who wanted to take a photo with me. Ironically, most of the New Jersey schools missed my speech -_-

Anyway, here are some photos of me with Best Delegate fans at WAMUNC:

This delegate from Bergen County Academies claims to be Best Delegate's #1 fan. She has met both Ryan and KFC at separate conferences!

This delegate from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North also claims to be Best Delegate's #1 fan. She explained how the website has helped her break out of her shell, an experience that I can definitely relate to and mentioned in my Opening Ceremonies speech.

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South delegates are big fans of Best Delegate!

More Best Delegate fans from both West Windsor-Plainsboro campuses!

Awards

Best Large Delegation: Port Charlotte High School (Florida)

Best Small Delegation: West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North (New Jersey)

Port Charlotte won Best Large Delegation at WAMUNC

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North won Best Small Delegation

WAMUNC made for a great tilt in the schedule as teams that competed at various conferences such as HMUN, YMUN, ILMUNC, and NAIMUN finally got to go head-to-head with each other. The conference was heavily attended by public schools from New Jersey and New York but had a solid mix of schools from throughout the entire Atlantic seaboard as well as schools from twelve countries abroad, and overall felt less cutthroat than the largest conferences.

The top three teams, Port Charlotte, West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South, and West Windsor-Plainsboro HS North, were pretty even at the gavel count, but Port Charlotte had a much deeper bench and more than doubled any team in terms of total number of Outstandings and Honorable Mentions won. Port Charlotte ran away with the Best Large Delegation, and WWP-North took home the Best Small Delegation. WWP-South, which according to our unofficial tally finished second overall in weighted awards, also contended for a large delegation award.

Oceanside, Franklin, and Stuyvesant also had strong performances from across their respective teams. Other teams that did well include Poughkeepsie Day School, Collegiate Academy, St. Anslem’s Abbey, Coral Reef, Mt. Lebanon, Trumbull, and Bergen County Academies.

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Thanks to Secretary-General Bryce Jarvis, Chief of Staff Rupalee Rashatwar, Press Corps chair Kerry Lanzo, GWIAS President Jeremy Ilouian, and the rest of the WAMUNC staff for showing me around!

  • Anonymous

    WWPS had the highest delegate to award ratio (they brought 24), but PC (who brought 36) won more awards overall. Under the system used by most other conferences, WWPS would have won best large. For this reason I think the results of this conference should be considered a tie by WWPS and PC (or a WWPS win). I believe that either Franklin (My school) or Oceanside came in 3rd overall.

    Just food for thought.

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