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Model UN students earn award at international conference

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TCC Students at the National Model United Nations coference

Sixteen students from Tallahassee Community College recently attended the Nation Model United Nations (NMUN) conference in New York City. The students, representing the United Nations delegation from Ireland, earned a Distinguished Delegation Award, one of the highest level awards given at the conference.

At the conference, the students debated in UN chambers and heard from such speakers as H.E. Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi, ambassador and permanent representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The NMUN is the oldest and largest intercollegiate Model United Nations conference in the world. Over 5,800 students from 44 countries convened in New York to participate in the simulation April 1 - 8.

"The NMUN is an excellent opportunity for college students to come together and discuss important issues facing the international community," said Michael Eaton, executive director of the Board of Directors for the conference. "As the most accurate simulation of the United Nations, the NMUN also gives students a sense of the obstacles diplomats face when addressing international crises."

Awards given at the conference are evaluated on the basis of research knowledge, quality of papers submitted prior to the conference and speaking ability. The students from TCC surpassed universities from around the world such as the London School of Economics, McGill University and the University of Hohenheim. The TCC students were not only distinct in that they are from a two-year school-they also set themselves apart in that their participation is completely voluntary. While most students do their research and practice as part of a college course, TCC students participate completely on their own time, receiving no college credit.

"A simulation of this nature is by far the best and most enjoyable method of learning the skill of diplomacy. I recommend participation in the Model United Nations for anybody who can imagine how much fun being a cultural ambassador can be," said Jackson Kemper, TCC student.

The TCC delegation also had the opportunity to have extended briefings in the Permanent Mission to the United Nations from Ireland. Students met with Irish policy experts to discuss the positions and the policies of Ireland.