The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Model United Nations team extended its winning streak at the 52nd annual Midwest Model United Nations Competition in St. Louis by once again receiving more awards than any other university.
UW Oshkosh students won one of three Outstanding Delegation Awards in the General Assembly and added one of two General Assembly Honorable Mentions, as well as seven committee awards and five committee Honorable Mentions.
In addition, the Delegation of Chile received one of two full delegation Outstanding Position Paper Awards, based on the student written position papers submitted in advance of the competition.
“Once again, UW Oshkosh students demonstrated the ability to accurately represent nations from all major regions of the world, with a clear understanding of the nuances of policy objectives in each region,” said Kenneth J. Grieb, Coordinator of International Studies and faculty adviser to the Model United Nations Organization.
UW Oshkosh delegates swept the Delegates Choice Awards, granted by vote of the participating students, winning in each of the four General Assembly committees and the Economic and Social Council.
UW Oshkosh students represented seven nations at the competition, which involved more than 700 students from 48 universities in thirteen states representing 79 nations. The competition was held from February 15-18.
The UW Oshkosh delegation representing Chile received an Outstanding Delegation Award in the General Assembly. UW Oshkosh students representing the Netherlands received the Honorable Mention in the General Assembly. UW Oshkosh also represented Bangladesh, Namibia, Qatar, Senegal and Italy at the competition.
Delegates were judged on their knowledge of the issues, the accuracy of their representation of their nation’s foreign policy, their diplomatic and negotiating skills enabling them to build consensus support, and writing and speaking skills.
The UW Oshkosh students receiving Outstanding Delegate Awards included David M. Litman, Fond du Lac, representing Chile in the Legal Committee; Katie C. Keelan, Wauwatosa, representing Bangladesh in the Disarmament Committee; Timothy J. Suess, Oshkosh, representing the Netherlands in the Economic and Financial Committee; Chase W. Mitchell, Oshkosh, representing Bangladesh in the Economic and Financial Committee; Anna C. Schlender, Kimberly, representing Chile in the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee; Madeline J. Meis, Marshfield, representing Namibia in the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee; and Pablo A. Juarez, Beloit, representing Chile in the Economic and Social Council..
Delegates’ Choice Awards were won by Suess; Juarez; David G. Cottingham, Green Bay, representing the Netherlands in the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee; Zachary L. Fritschel, West Bend, representing Qatar in the Disarmament Committee; and Kelsey L. Meske, Sussex, representing The Netherlands in the Legal Committee.
UW Oshkosh students receiving Honorable Mentions in their committees were Adam P. Wolf, Oshkosh, representing The Netherlands in the Disarmament Committee; Alicia J. Spietz, Oshkosh, representing Bangladesh in the Legal Committee; Susan M. Asselin, Sheboygan Falls, representing Bangladesh in the Legal Committee; and Scott T. Ryman, Belvidere, IL, representing Senegal in the Legal Committee.
The delegation of Chile, which received an Outstanding Delegation Award in the General Assembly, consisted of: Litman, head delegate; Schlender; Ryan A. Hackbarth, Oshkosh; Jennifer R. Elkins, Sister Bay; and Juarez.
Students representing The Netherlands, which received an Honorable Mention Award in the General Assembly, were: Cottingham, head delegate; Suess; Wolf; and Meske.
Students representing Bangladesh were: Keelan, head delegate; Asselin; Mitchell; and Spietz.
Students representing Namibia were: Meis, head delegate; Hayley A. Braatz, Watertown; Zachery D. Stuebs, Campbellsport; and Nicole A. Lehto, West Bend.
Members of the delegation representing Qatar were: Fritschel, head delegate; Jason R. McDonald. Kaukauna; Samantha J. Asselin, Sheboygan Falls; and Brian C. Merkel, West Bend.
The delegation of Senegal included: Ryman, head delegate; Patrick D. McCorkle, Butte des Morts; Kyle O. Callen, Waukesha; and Courtney D. Kottman, Oshkosh.
The delegation of Italy was composed of Thomas E. Demailly, Orsay, France, head delegate; Emily E. Berger, Oshkosh; and Andrew R. Simek, Slinger.
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