Upper Canada College’s Model United Nations Club came out on top at the Berkeley Model United Nations Conference in San Francisco from March 7 to 9.
The conference was founded in 1952, making it the oldest of its kind in North America, and this year’s edition welcomed 1,800 students from 99 schools. UCC’s delegation, led by club heads Austin Haber and Cole Thompson, was comprised of 20 students from Grades 9 to 12 under the supervision of teacher Matt Griem.
The conference presents undergraduate students with an opportunity to apply what they research and combines academic study with a social atmosphere to give delegates a better understanding of their material. Competition was tough, as the Model UN simulations featured a wide range of committees that sometimes involved hundreds of people.
But when the closing ceremonies came around, UCC’s contingent was presented with the Best Club Award. It became the first Canadian team to receive this honour and puts it in the running to be ranked among the top five Model UN clubs in North America.