Westfield High School students won top awards in the Model United Nations conference held January 4 - 6 in Hershey, PA, attended by approximately 50 schools in New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The Westfield High School delegation – comprised of 140 students -- earned the Premier Delegation award.
The Outstanding Country Research Paper Award was presented to Westfield High School, with the following students receiving recognition for their preparatory writing on the International Criminal Court: Lyndsay Ripperger, Austen Thien, Kyra Sagal, Leo Kleinman-Lynch, and Maura Heinbokel.
Seven students were named Premier Diplomat, considered the best debaters in their committee: Connor Swingle, Samantha Gruskin, Eric Oberman, Alex Breakstone, Elizabeth Griesmer, Katie Rembisz, and Charlotte Dreizen.
Students named Outstanding First Year Delegates included Leo Rosenthal, David Gruskin, Vikranth Eleswarapu, Astha Dutta, and Maya Moritz.
This year’s presiding officers -- Isabelle Smelkinson, Ben Schwartz, Aidan Hughes, Alex Jeffery, Megan Mulrooney, Geoffrey Ko, and Jennifer Mandelblatt --were in charge of running committees of students throughout the weekend.
Andrew Zale was a recipient of the Youth Secretariat Award and Julia Napolitano was chosen to serve as presiding officer for next year’s conference.
Selected to attend this summer’s Conference on National Affairs, at which delegates from all 50 states participate in a simulation, are: Brian Mandel, Ben Schwartz, Megan Mulrooney, Elizabeth Griesmer, Eric Oberman, Jennifer Mandelblatt, Samantha Gruskin, Aiden Hughes, Rob Cassie, and Connor Swingle.
“All of our delegates displayed tremendous skill, knowledge and passion winning commendations as well as awards,” said Daniel Farabaugh, co-advisor with David Della Fera to the Westfield High School Model UN.
The club is run in conjunction with the Westfield YMCA. The purpose of Model UN, according to the organization, is to be an educational experience that helps today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders, discover their passions, and change the world.