WESTERN'S MODEL UNITED NATIONS TEAM TAKES
TOP HONORS AT CHARLESTON, S.C., CONFERENCE
CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University's Model United Nations team recently claimed the top honor, the Outstanding Delegation Award, at the Pan-American Model United Nations Conference held in Charleston, S.C.
In addition to being named the top team at the conference, members of Western's delegation brought back five individual awards.
Model United Nations in an authentic simulation of the United Nations. During conferences, Model UN members take on the roles of ambassadors in debating current issues on the United Nations agenda.
Theodore Cole, a freshman international business major from Fletcher, represented the United Kingdom on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and won an Excellence in Research Award for his position paper addressing the topics “Preventing Terrorist Acquisition of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons Materials,” “Espionage and Information Security” and “The Security Implications of Nanotechnology.” Cole also won a Distinguished Delegate Award for excellence in debate, negotiation, consensus-building and public speaking.
Alexander Dagenhart, a freshman political science major from Hickory, represented the United Kingdom on the United Nations Security Council and won an Excellence in Research Award for his position paper addressing the topics “Children in Armed Conflict,” “The Situation in Georgia” and “The Situation in Syria.” Dagenhart also won a Distinguished Delegate Award for excellence in debate, negotiation and public speaking on the issues “Combating Global Terrorism,” “Children in Armed Conflict” and “The Iranian Threat Against Syria.”
Breanne Lasorso, a junior forensic anthropology major from Pittsburg, Pa., represented the United Kingdom in the United Nations Environmental Program and won an Excellence in Research Award for her position paper addressing the topics “Re-evaluating the Effectiveness of Global Disaster Relief and Risk Reduction,” “Increasing Accessibility to Fresh Water and Sanitation in Human Settlements” and “Sustainable Consumption: Education and Implementation on a Global Scale.”
The Western team also had a member serving on the staff for the conference. Amy West, a junior accounting major from Bessemer City, served as director of the NATO Special Committee and wrote a report for the committee on the topics “Preventing Terrorist Acquisition of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons Materials,” “Espionage and Information Security” and “The Security Implications of Nanotechnology.” West was commended for her performance as the presiding officer of NATO and received the honor of being named under-secretary general for the 2006 Pan-American Model UN conference, also to be held in Charleston .
Western's Model UN team is scheduled to attend the Dayton Model UN conference in Dayton, Ohio, in February and the National Model UN conference in April.
For more information about the Western team, visit its Web site at http://paws.wcu.edu/modelun or contact faculty adviser Alexa Royden at (828) 227-3494 or team President Amy West at (828) 227-2619.