Last weekend, the Deerfield High School Model United Nations team went to the Model United Nations University of Chicago conference. MUNUC was held at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago. Just over 20 Deerfield High School students were on the team and attended the conference. We were in committees ranging from the historical committee, in which one of our team members killed Hitler, to the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural committee, SOCHUM, in which we discussed humanitarian aid in conflict zones.
MUNUC consisted of many committee sessions during the four day conference. The goal of the conference is to write a resolution to the conflict presented to us in a background paper prior to the conference. Writing a resolution consists of first drafting a working paper with a coalition formed with other countries. This year, DHS was Pakistan. After the working paper is created, it must be presented to the committee. There can be any number of working papers. In SOCHUM, there were 11 presented. After that, working papers with similar ideas and concepts merge. Once they merge, they’re typed up into a draft resolution. If there are specific things that the sponsors or signatories would like to change or add after that, they can go through the amendment process, in which the general assembly votes on each amendment separately. After much debate, the drafts are voted on to be made into a resolution.
The MUNUC team is one which consists of scholars, athletes and a team filled with students with a definite voice as well as diversity and one which does not, in my opinion, get enough attention. The team captains are seniors Amelia Berger, Michael Lee, Andy Gordon and Aras Korogluyan and the teacher sponsors are Mrs. Crowley, Mrs. Quagliana and Mrs. Antonakos. The DHS MUN team was ranked as 17th in the nation in spring of 2012 by Best Delegate, just below Highland Park. Next year, check out the events that DHS's Model UN teams participate in and you will likely see future politicians, leaders, policy makers and more!