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The UW Oshkosh Model United Nations team members representing Ghana pose for a portrait inside a United Nations hall in New York.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Model United Nations team once again won two Outstanding Delegation Awards, representing the nations of Ghana and Timor-Leste, at the 2013 National Model United Nations held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 24 through 29.

This was the 29th consecutive year the UW Oshkosh team won awards at the National Model United Nations.  In addition to the team awards, UW Oshkosh delegates also won numerous position paper and committee awards.

The week-long 2013 National Model United Nations, the world’s largest Model United Nations competition, involved over 5,000 students competitors from over 300 universities in 44 countries on six continents.  Student delegates debated a wide range of current issues and world events straight from the agenda of the real UN, using the same rooms and facilities in which the global diplomats at the United Nations negotiate agreements on these same issues.

The concluding General Assembly was held in the Great Hall at UN Headquarters, and several UW Oshkosh students had the opportunity to speak from the marble rostrum from which presidents, prime ministers and kings of the world’s nations speak.

UW Oshkosh students won seven Delegates’ Choice Awards, by vote of the participating delegates, and ten position paper awards in the ten committees on which their countries were represented.

Students are judged on their diplomatic and negotiating skills, their ability to write legal documents that embody the agreements reached, the accuracy with which they represent their respective nations, their knowledge of global issues, their familiarity with the United Nations system and its procedures, practices, bodies, and committees and their speaking ability.

“Once again, for the 29th year, UW Oshkosh students continued their tradition of clearly standing out among their peers from Universities throughout the world in their knowledge of International Affairs and the diplomatic process,” said Kenneth J. Grieb, coordinator of International Studies and faculty adviser for the UW Oshkosh Model United Nations Team.

Participating universities included: Pace, Colorado, Syracuse, Georgia, Nebraska,  Baylor University, California Polytechnic, Pittsburgh, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Washington State, Brigham Young, Florida International, the City University of New York, Vassar College, the University of Hawaii, the University of London, the Free University of Berlin, the American University of Cairo, the Catholic University Andres Bello of Ecuador, Imperial College of London, Erasmus University Rotterdam,  the University of Quebec,  the Moscow State University of International Relations, Northwestern Polytechnic University of China, the University of New South Wales, Australia, the London School of Economics and the Associazione Diplomatica of Italy.

The members of the UW Oshkosh delegation representing Ghana included: Katie C. Keelan, Wauwatosa, Head Delegate;   Susan M. Asselin, Sheboygan Falls; Samantha J. Asselin, Sheboygan Falls; Ross M. Bartelt, Franklin; Hayley A. Braatz, Watertown; Kyle O. Callen, Waukesha;  Thomas E. Demailly, Orsay, France; Daniel J. Dennis, Verona; Jennifer R. Elkins, Sister Bay; Zachary L. Fritschel, West Bend; Ryan A. Hackbarth, Oshkosh; Caitlin M. Hopper, Waukesha; Austin R. Jones, Waukesha;  Allison J. Mahnke, Sun Praire; Madeline J. Meis, Pittsville; Chase W. Mitchell, Oshkosh; Alicia J. Speitz, Oshkosh;  Zachary D. Stuebs, Cambellsport; and Adam P. Wolf, Oshkosh.

The members of the UW Oshkosh delegation representing Timor Leste were:  Pablo A. Juarez, Beloit, Head Delegate; DeShawn A. Hendricks, Watyerford; Nicole A. Lehto, West Bend; Brittany E. Lemke, Mt. Calvary; Kelsey L. Meske, Sussex; Parker A. Ross, Watertown; David M. Sebstead, Oshkosh; Amy B. Spaulding, Oshkosh; and  Christopher D. Stockus, West Salem.


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