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Port Charlotte High School’s Model UN Team Captures World Championship

More than 20 foreign countries and 130 schools around the globe brought nearly 3,000 student delegates to compete in the world’s largest, most competitive and prestigious Model United Nations Conference.

All of the nations’ top private school programs were in attendance as were many of the U.S. News & World Reports recently revealed “Top One Hundred Public and Charter High Schools,” as well as top international academies.

Each delegate competed in one of 14 different United Nations Committees, often going up against 150 to 300 other delegates. After four days of raging debate, negotiation, consensus-building, speech-making and compromise the 19 delegates from Port Charlotte High school (PCHS) were showered with numerous awards.

PCHS delegates Ross Leach and Cameron Mathewson competing against 150 other delegates took Third Place in the Disarmament Committee, while Austin Poudrette and Jackson Barnett took Third Place honorable mention in the Historical General Assembly Committee. PCHS won First Place in the Best Delegate Award in three of four committees.

Karolina Povedych won the coveted Best Delegate Gavel in the International Summit on Water, and Brian Spadafora won First Place, “Best Delegate Gavel” award on the Legal Committee. John Rioux won First Place and the Best Delegate Gavel award on the Legal Committee for his work on the World Health Organization. Eric Johnson won Second Place and Outstanding Delegate Award representing France in a simulated 1654 world situation, and Chris Stampar won a Second Place “Outstanding Delegate Award” in the crisis simulation of the World Bank.