Image: Western's Model United Nations student team
Representing Western at the Model United Nations conference in New York City were (back, left to right) Meiling Qu, Samson Tekelehaimanot, Bernd Dickhoven, Amy Black, Max West, Kate Palmer, (front, left to right) Tyler Melton and Jingjing Zhao.

CULLOWHEE – A Western Carolina University Model United Nations student team recently claimed the prestigious National Model United Nations Outstanding Position Paper Award at a conference held in New York City.

The award is the organization's top honor for research and writing. About 3,200 students from 226 colleges and universities from around the world attend the conference, and fewer than 10 percent of the schools won position paper awards.

Model UN is an authentic simulation of the United Nations, with students assigned a country or non-governmental organization to portray on a council or committee. Western team members represented Rotary International on six committees at the conference in New York.

The Western team included four international students – Meiling Qu and Jingjing Zhao from China, Bernd Dickhoven from Germany, and Samson Tekelehaimanot from Eritrea. Other team members were Tyler Melton of Sylva, Max West of Franklin, Amy Black of Bessemer City, Katherine Palmer of Benson and Jerry Rice IV of Cullowhee.

Earlier this year, Model UN students from Western attended the American West MUN Conference in Las Vegas, where Black won the top position paper award for her research and writing. At another conference held in Dayton, Ohio, West won honorable mention for his performance on a simulation crisis security council, and Palmer, Rice and Black won the “Master of the Rant” award for their presentation. Western's Model UN team has won more than 20 awards over the past four years, ranging from the local to international level.

For more information about Model UN at Western, visit the group's Web site at http://paws.wcu.edu/modelun.

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Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Originally published: Friday, April 22, 2005
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