Upper Canada College’s Model United Nations (MUN) team has been named best delegation at the Secondary Schools MUN Symposium (SSUNS) for the fourth straight year.
Approximately 1,500 students from 72 schools took part in SSUNS, which was hosted by McGill University in Montreal, over the weekend.
“This conference was probably the biggest ‘nail-bitter’ of all the SSUNS conferences I’ve attended over the past 10 years,” says Upper School teacher Matt Griem, who oversees UCC’s MUN program.
“While we have an excellent MUN team this year, winning the top award for the past three years meant that we were certainly seen as the team to beat. In fact, it was clearly no secret that beating UCC was high on many schools’ to-do list.”
Griem says his team members worked non-stop over the course of their four days in Montreal. They debated for most of the working day and, even during breaks and meals, negotiated resolutions to some of the world’s most complex political and economic problems.
Although the primary function of MUN is to learn about international issues and develop real-life skills through simulation, it’s very competitive. In this case, students were scored based on their advocacy, diplomacy and peacemaking abilities. Individually, they could win the “chair’s gavel” for a top performance, an outstanding award for second place, or an honourable mention for third. The team with the most points per capita wins the best delegation prize.
There were 22 students on UCC’s team, which was led by head delegates Matthew Jagdeo and Charlie Mortimer. Ten members won gavels, two won outstanding awards and three won honourable mentions. The College’s total score was less than two points ahead of its closest competitor, Marianopolis College of Quebec.
“Obviously, I am very pleased with the results and more so with their 110-per cent effort,” says Griem.
The outstanding result will keep UCC ranked as one of the top 25 MUN teams in North America.
UCC’s next major MUN conference will be at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. in January.