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John Jay College Students Receive Top Honors at Model UN Conference for Sixth Consecutive Year

New York, NY, April 12, 2010 – The John Jay Model United Nations team, a delegation of 24 students, won four top awards at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference held in New York from March 28 to April 3. It was the sixth consecutive year that the John Jay team has won an award at the conference.

“This is a terrific performance that confirms that we have become a major player in what is routinely described as the ‘Super Bowl’ of Model United Nations conferences,” said Professor George Andreopoulos of the political science department, who is director of the John Jay Center on International Human Rights and one of the team’s faculty advisors. Matthew Zommer, a lecturer in political science, also served as faculty advisor and coached the impressive team.

Each year the team represents a different U.N. member nation; this year’s assignment was the Republic of Sudan. The John Jay team earned the Distinguished Delegation Award for its overall performance; the Outstanding Position Papers Award; the Outstanding Delegates in Committee Award for its performance in the Security Council, and the Outstanding Delegates in Committee Award for its performance in the General Assembly Plenary.

In addition to General Assembly and Security Council participation, the team served as delegates on several different U.N. committees. Delegates deliberated, negotiated, drafted and adopted resolutions and reports on a variety of issues on the global agenda, in preparation for which they conducted extensive research on aspects of the national, regional and international policies of Sudan.

The NMUN Conference is attended by more than 3,000 students from 29 countries. The 2010 John Jay delegation consisted of Raja Althabani, Norhan Basuni, Ashley Benjamin, Mark Benjamin, Tomasz Buras, Andrea Canepa, Peter Cella, Trisha Gangadeen, Leasondra Garrido, Klotilda Kepi, Nadiya Kostyuk, Lenecia Lewis, Natalia Lysetska, Victoria Oyaniran, Jamal Pitt, Omar Rafiq, Jessica Rivera, Michael Rodriguez, David Sabatelle, Patrick Scullin, Jennifer Shim, Joseph Solario, Rachel Stanton, Gabriele Ursitti, Carolyn Vasquez and Cathryn Weber.

National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) is a program sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association, a nonprofit organization that advances understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues. NMUN New York brings more than 4,000 delegates to New York City each spring. Twenty select committees engage students in discussions of current global issues.

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