Students Place at Pitt Model UN Conference

Several Fox Chapel Area High School students recently placed at the 20th Annual University of Pittsburgh Model UN Conference. The team of seniors Jonathan Monroe and Clare O’Connor won first place in the United Nations Development Programme and they also won first place for their position paper in the writing category. The team of freshmen Rajeev Godse and Felix Veser won first place in the Organization for Islamic Cooperation. The team of senior Darwin Leuba and sophomore Tristan McClelland won second place in the Ad-Hoc Crisis Committee. The team of seniors Mihir Garimella and Suvir Mirchandani won second place in the United Nations Security Council. The team of juniors Emelyn Broniek and Sara Puthenpurayil won second place in the Social & Humanitarian Committee.

In the Large Delegation category, the team of seniors Omar Abdalla, Rohan Chalasani, Elias Izenson, and Jeremy Rodrigues; juniors Braddock Lalor and Ryan Santilli; sophomore Ziya Xu; and freshmen Rajeev Godse and Felix Veser won first place overall. Additionally, also in the Large Delegation category, the team of seniors Mihir Garimella, Darwin Leuba, Suvir Mirchandani, Jonathan Monroe, and Clare O’Connor; juniors Karissa Becer, Emelyn Broniek, Albert Liu, Andreas Paljug, Sara Puthenpurayil, and Tao Sheng; and sophomore Tristan McClelland won second place.

Approximately 450 students from 24 schools from Western Pennsylvania participated in the University of Pittsburgh Model UN Conference. The conference was held November 7 at the University of Pittsburgh.

The purpose of the Model UN conference is to enable students to role play and simulate the countries in the United Nations. As a part of the conference, students debate and try to solve global problems from the perspectives of other countries.