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Model UN wins awards at Southern Regional Conference

ISSUED: 20 April 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University’s Model United Nations team won three awards at the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference March 30-April 1 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team represented Bangladesh, Bulgaria, and New Zealand at the event.

Rebecca Kamp, Martinsburg; Desiree Rose, Hedgesville; Daniela Powers, Inwood; Rebecca Jerome, Marlington; and Karen Paiz, Silver Spring, Maryland, won Honorable Delegation representing Bangladesh.

Dillon Enright, Columbia, Maryland, was recognized for excellence, and Rose won an individual award for her work as a delegate. Gabriella Hess, Martinsburg, who argued an international law case before the judges of the International Court of Justice on behalf of Somalia, won her case in a unanimous decision.

“This is the premier Model United Nations competition in the southeastern United States,” said Dr. Aart Holtslag, assistant professor of political science and Model UN advisor. “This terrific success of the Model United Nations team is the outcome of a semester of intense preparation and the support of the division of student affairs, specifically Vice President Tom Segar, and the office of academic affairs under Provost Christopher Ames, as well as some anonymous donors. The team would like to thank everyone who has made this success possible for its tremendous support.”

This year almost 500 students from 43 different colleges and universities participated in the conference. Shepherd’s team also includes Alyson Hehr, Wheeling; Emma Lindsey-Severns, Charles Town; Danielle Marple, Inwood; Abimbola Olusanjo, Martinsburg; Devin Spinks, Summersville; and Jackson Muse, Fairfax, Virginia.

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