This recap and photos were provided by West Point Head Delegate Elizabeth Constantino
The second West Point Security conference came to a close on Sunday, 1 April 2012 after a weekend of strong debate and crisis management. While dealing with how to mitigate and react to a potential war between Israel and Iran, the delegates ended the weekend peacefully with a peace negotiation between the nations. That was, of course after the U.S. dropped a team of rangers into Yemen. There were awards given to the best, outstanding, and honorable delegate in each committee (with a few exceptions), an Outstanding Delegation award and a Best Delegation Award.
Best Delegation Award: Florida International University, who requested to bring a team of six into the conference a week before opening ceremonies. They pulled out the strongest committee award ratios and held the best bureaucracy meetings.
Outstanding Delegation Award: Harvard University, who brought an impressive team to WPSC for their second year in a row.
Several committee awards were presented during closing ceremonies also. In Central Command, the Verbal Mention went to the FIU delegate, Javier Navas. The Outstanding award went to the Harvard delegate, Jean-Philippe Gauth. The Best Delegate went to FIU delegate, Nick Aquart. In the Special Operations Command, the Verbal Mention went to FIU delegate James D’Cruz, the Outstanding went to Elon delegate Anna McCracken and the Best Delegate award went to Harvard delegate Bob Wu. In the U.S. Embassy, Israel the Verbal Mention went to Harvard delegate Ruth Kagan, the Outstanding award went to Harvard delegate Manuel Melendez, and the Best Delegate award went to FIU delegate Ariela Nijamkin. In the US Diplomatic Mission to the Arab League, the Verbal Mention went to McGill University delegate Casey Minnes, the Outstanding award went to MIT delegate Mathilde Chaudron and the Best Delegate award went to FIU delegate Edgardo Borelly. In the National Economic Council the Verbal Mention went to NYU delegate Thomas Schenfelder, the Outstanding award went to NYU delegate Seth Lim and the Best Delegate award went to Harvard delegate Eva Guidarini. In the Joint Intelligence Committee there were two Verbal Mentions. The Verbal Mentions went to Harvard delegate Katherine Ebright and Columbia delegate Cesar Rodriguez. The Outstanding award went to McGill delegate Jacob Chaim, and the Best Delegate Award went to NYU student Amelia Bertozzi-Villa.
In the NSC, two Outstanding and two Best Delegate awards were presented. The Outstanding awards went to Elon delegate Brook Kassner and Harvard delegate Timothy Tsai. The Best Delegate awards went to UVA delegate Colin Custer and a European Delegation student Sebastiaan Debrouwere. Congratulations to all delegates who earned awards at the West Point Security Conference.