The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Model United Nations team continued its winning streak at the 50th annual Midwest Model United Nations Competition in St. Louis, Feb. 17-20, once again winning more awards than any other university. UW Oshkosh students won two of five Outstanding Delegation Awards in the General Assembly, and one of three General Assembly Honorable Mentions, as well as seven committee awards and three committee Honorable Mentions.
UW Oshkosh delegates also won the Delegates’ Choice Awards, granted by vote of the participating students, in each of the four General Assembly committees, a sweep for the second consecutive year.
More than 600 students from 53 universities in 12 states representing 78 nations participated in the competition. UW Oshkosh students represented six nations at the competition.
The UW Oshkosh delegation representing Malaysia received an Outstanding Delegation Award in the General Assembly and scored a rare “sweep” by winning Outstanding Delegate Awards in all four General Assembly committees. The UW Oshkosh delegation representing Italy also was named as an Outstanding Delegation in the General Assembly. UW Oshkosh students representing the Republic of the Congo received an Honorable Mention in the General Assembly. UW Oshkosh also represented Lebanon, Uruguay, and Cape Verde at 50th anniversary competition.
Kenneth J. Grieb, coordinator of international studies and faculty adviser to the Model United Nations Organization, noted, “UW Oshkosh students demonstrated the ability to accurately represent nations from all major regions of the world.”
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.
Three UW Oshkosh students received both Outstanding Delegate Awards and Delegates’ Choice Awards, a rare and significant accomplishment. The double winners were: Brenna M. Ranzen, Madison, representing Malaysia in the Political Committee; Timothy J. Suess, Oshkosh, representing Malaysia on the Economic and Financial Committee; and Rebecca R. Kemnitz, Wausau, representing Congo in the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee. Austin R. Jones, Waukesha, representing Italy in the Disarmament Committee, received both an Honorable Mention and a Delegates’ Choice Award.
Other UW Oshkosh students winning Outstanding Delegate Awards in their committees were: Kasey A. Erb, Marshall, representing Malaysia in the Disarmament Committee; David M. Litman, Fond du Lac, representing Italy in the Economic and Financial Committee; Zachary L. Fritschel, West Bend, representing Malaysia in the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee; and Corey H. Edwards, Oshkosh, representing Lebanon in the Disarmament Committee.
Other students from UW Oshkosh receiving Honorable Mentions were: Alex E. Kurowski, Oshkosh, representing Italy in the Political Committee; and Ross M. Bartelt, Franklin, representing Congo in the Political Committee.
The delegation of Malaysia, which received an Outstanding Delegation Award in the General Assembly, consisted of: B. Ranzen, head delegate; Erb; Fritschel; Suess; and Marci M. DeYoung, Stoughton.
Students representing Italy, which received an Outstanding Delegation Award in the General Assembly, were: Litman, head delegate; A. Jones; Kurowski; and Anna C. Schlender, Kimberly.
Students representing the Republic of the Congo, which received an Honorable Mention in the General Assembly, were: Kemnitz, head delegate; Bartelt; William K. Kovak, Racine; Veronica E. Dreymiller, Waupun; and Kentaro Fujiwara, Oshkosh.
Students representing Uruguay were: Madeline J. Meis, Pittsville, head delegate; Katie C. Keelan, Wauwatosa; Susan M. Asselin, Sheboygan Falls; David G. Cottingham, Green Bay; and Tamara M. Jones, Oshkosh.
Members of the delegation representing Lebanon were: Amber N. Springer, Wisconsin Rapids, head delegate; Edwards; Marni A. Hoest, Menasha; and Courtney Kottman, Oshkosh. Members of the delegation of the Republic of Cape Verde included: Victor O. Lukyanov, Oshkosh, head delegate; Kristen A. Summers, Madison; Pablo A. Juarez, Beloit; Amy K. Ranzen, Madison; and Kathleen K. Connor, Oshkosh.