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Diplomats of the future find success in Washington

November 08, 2013

Lewis & Clark’s Model United Nations club was awarded the title of “distinguished delegation” after attending a national conference in Washington, D.C. Only 10 percent of participating delegations were recommended for awards.

After all conference sessions had concluded, members of each delegation were collectively evaluated on maintenance of character (in accordance with the traits and circumstances of their assigned countries), active participation in their respective committees, and proper adherence to National Model United Nations procedural rules.

“The win of a distinguished title is significant for all the NMUN conference participants because it reflects our collective skills,” said club president Melia Manter ’15. “This award is particularly meaningful because it is given to a team as a whole rather than an individual delegate and could not have been earned without the incredible hard work of everyone in our group.”

Club members who participated in the conference were Sam Alexander ’16, Reed Benoit ’15, McKay Campbell ’14, Nway Khine ’15, Sofia Knutson ’16, Micah Leinbach ’14, Melia Manter ’15, Ian Rutherford ’16, Neil Rutherford ’16, and Sam Shugart ’15. More than 650 college and university students from around the world attended the conference.

Lewis & Clark’s MUN club teaches members skills in diplomacy, public speaking, and research, while expanding their knowledge of world affairs. The club is particularly popular with students who major in international affairs, though it includes members from all fields of study.

Katrina Staaf ’16 contributed to this story.

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