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Royal Oak Model United Nations Team Takes Top Awards

Royal Oak’s Pakistan delegation earned top honors as Best Delegation in the Economic and Social Council at the annual Great Lakes Invitational Conference event in Kalamazoo.

Source: Royal Oak Schools
Source: Royal Oak Schools

The Royal Oak High School Model United Nations team took top awards at the annual Great Lakes Invitational Conference event in Kalamazoo, MI. The team earned Best Delegation awards in each of the two plenary sessions at the conference. The conference debate began Wednesday, Dec. 4, and ended Saturday, Dec. 7. Over 400 delegates from 16 schools, including Mexico, attended the conference.

Royal Oak’s Pakistan delegation earned top honors as Best Delegation in the Economic and Social Council. The group included Matt Harmon (2015), Melissa Caren (2014), and Anna Pacifico (2013).  In addition to the award, Pakistan earned additional honors:  Harmon and Pacifico were both noted as Major Speakers at the conference, and Harmon earned Best Delegate for his committee. Finally, Pakistan’s head delegate Bridget Vial (2013) earned Honorable Mention for her work and was honored with a keynote speech at the opening plenary session.

Royal Oak’s Rwanda delegation also earned a Best Delegation award in the General Assembly.  Emma Holcomb (2013), Max Sanders (2013), and Janet O’Leary (2013) shared the award for their teamwork in the massive plenary. Holcomb and O’Leary were noted as Major Speakers in their committees and O’Leary earned an Honorable Mention.

Several others on ROMUN’s team earned distinction as Major Speakers at the conference -   David Baron (2013) for the Holy See, and Mo Ozdych (2013) and Oni Bala (2013) representing Austria. 

“I could not be more proud of their work,” said team advisor Alec Snyder. “From top to bottom, the team performed admirably, with integrity and perseverance.” 

Model United Nations is one of over 30 student organizations at Royal Oak High School. “ Royal Oak High School, with student achievement scores in the top tier among schools in the region, is committed to meeting the needs of its students not only in the classroom but beyond,” said Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin.

Source: Royal Oak Schools

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