On November 3rd and 4th, over forty Fredonia High School students participated in the 71st Annual Gannon University Model United Nations Conference alongside hundreds of other high school students in this interstate simulation.
Fredonia brought 15 delegations to this year’s conference, with each delegation submitting a position paper. Since the first week of school, the Model UN team has stayed after school every Friday to work on their position papers. Their dedication and hard work has certainly paid off. Only three awards are given in this category and Fredonia brought home two. Brianna Whitfield, Monica Chen, and Rosemary Gugino were recognized for their outstanding position paper. Andrew Cowan, Ava Hartung, and Madeline Saunders were recognized for their excellent position paper.
Fredonia students were also recognized for their outstanding effort in representing their countries at the conference. In addition to being recognized for their position paper, Ava Hartung, Andrew Cowan, and Madeline Saunders won best delegate awards for their work representing Egypt. This is the third year in a row that Andrew and Ava were named best delegate, a first for Fredonia High School.
Raena Beckley was awarded best delegate for representing CNN in the Press Corp. In the Press Corp, students develop a pen name, attend committee meetings, post updates on social media, and write press releases and articles. Raena’s video reporting was especially impressive.
Finally, Fredonia won second place for Overall Best Delegation. This award recognized the work of all the students who attended the weekly meetings here at school and performed at their best at the conference.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Model United Nations Club at Fredonia High School. The club was originally founded by Susan Cobb with the mission of offering students an opportunity to learn more about the world around them. Today, Patrick Newell and Tom Donovan are proud to be the advisors of this organization and are extremely grateful for all the support this organization receives from parents, students, and the community.