The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Model United Nations team continued its winning streak at the 56th annual Midwest Model United Nations Competition in St. Louis by once again winning more awards than any other university.
In the General Assembly, UW Oshkosh students won an Outstanding Delegation Award and an Honorable Mention. In the Economic and Social Council Plenary, UW Oshkosh won an Honorable Mention, and in the Commission of Narcotic Drugs they won an additional Outstanding Delegate Award. UW Oshkosh students also won five Outstanding Delegate Awards in the General Assembly committees, four committee Honorable Mentions, and four Outstanding Position Paper Awards. UW Oshkosh won an additional Honorable Mention in the Economic and Social Council.
In addition, delegates from UW Oshkosh received two Delegates’ Choice Awards, granted by vote of the participating students.
UW Oshkosh students represented seven nations at the competition, which involved more than 700 students from 44 universities in 13 states representing 70 nations. The competition was held from Feb. 10-13, 2016.
The UW Oshkosh delegation representing Mexico received an Outstanding Delegation Award in the General Assembly, while those representing Denmark received Honorable Mention. In ECOSOC Plenary, Tunisia received an Honorable Mention. UW Oshkosh also represented Ghana, the Philippines, Turkey and Switzerland at the competition.
Kenneth J. Grieb, coordinator of International Studies and faculty adviser to the Model United Nations Organization, noted that “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.
The UW Oshkosh students receiving Outstanding Delegate in Committee Awards included:
- Zachary D. Stuebs, Campbellsport, representing the Philippines in the Economic and Finance Committee;
- Alicia J. Spietz, Oshkosh, representing Mexico in the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee;
- Nicole A. Lehto, West Bend, representing Mexico in the Special Political Committee;
- Daniel J. Dennis, Middleton, representing Denmark in the Disarmament Committee;
- Lindsey M. Tyson, Oshkosh, representing the Philippines in the Disarmament Committee; and
- Carrie C. Krenke, Fremont, representing Turkey in the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
Students receiving Honorable Mentions in their committees included:
- Valerie A.M. Hagen, Black Wolf, representing Ghana in the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee;
- Christopher D. Stočkus, West Salem, representing Mexico in the Economic and Finance Committee;
- A.J. Pflanzer, Oconomowoc, representing Turkey in the Special Political Committee;
- Samantha M. Asselin, Sheboygan Falls, representing Denmark in the Economic and Finance Committee; and
- Andria N. Marsh, Neenah, representing Tunisia in the Economic and Social Council.
Delegates’ Choice Awards, granted by vote of the participating student delegates, were won by Z. Stuebs and A. Pflanzer.
The delegation of Mexico, which received an Outstanding Delegation Award in the General Assembly, consisted of: Lehto, head delegate; Spietz, Stočkus, and Allison J. Mahnke, Sun Prairie.
Students representing Denmark, which received an Honorable Mention in the General Assembly, were: Dennis, head delegate, Asselin, Melinda B. Medrow, Oshkosh, and Karee J. Orrick, Sister Bay.
Members of delegation representing the Philippines, were: Z. Stuebs, head delegate; Tyson, Nicolas R. Charles, Green Bay, and Stephanie Liechty, Oregon.
Students representing Ghana, were Hagen, head delegate; Jordalyn B. Simpson, Poynette, Zachary Vetter, Mayville, Lachlann Swanson, Belleville, and M’Deen Savage, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.
The delegation of Turkey, consisted of: Pflanzer, head delegate, Matthew Clowney, Elkhorn, Carrie Reed, Oshkosh, Krenke, and Samantha Nelson-Zirzow, Hartland.
Tunisia consisted of Sarah K. Rowley, Port Washington, head delegate, Jacob R. Stuebs, Campbellsport, Colleen Huston, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Genevieve Smith, Rio, and Marsh.
Members of the delegation representing Switzerland were Morgan Barthen, Menomonie, head delegate, Chandler Lackey, Milwaukee, Derek Endries, Newton, Kelly Brown, Pewaukee, and Christopher Henkel, Oshkosh.
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