Metro Vancouver, BC - Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Model United Nations (KMUN) team is racking up the awards.
At the NorthWest MUN held in Portland last month, the KMUN team came back with the Distinguished Delegation award, plus KPU students won individual awards:
Aaron Philip won Outstanding Delegate as the Republic of Korea in the Security Council; Sana Sohel won Distinguished Delegate as Nicaragua on the United Nations Population Fund; and Kurt Renvall won Distinguished Delegate as the Republic of Korea on UN-Habitat.
NorthWest MUN comes on the heels of UBCMUN in January, at which the KMUN team won three awards. At that event, Vic Herr was named Best Delegate while Philip won the award for Most Diplomatic, and Renvall took home an Honourable Mention for Most Diplomatic.
At NorthWest MUN, 13 schools were present and only three were recognized.
Upon their return to KPU, team members were elated.
"This conference was one of our best yet, and I feel our team is ready for WorldMUN in Seoul this March,” said Philip.
An introvert, Sohel credits the Model United Nations circuit with helping her step out of her shell and push boundaries.
“Since I have started doing MUN I have grown as an individual, I have become more confident in myself and I have found my niche as a writer.”
Sohel says the experience is different for everyone, but in general participants learn to work as a team and support each other during often stressful times, with the mutual goal of solving world humanitarian issues.
The KMUN team is now preparing for the 24th session of Harvard World MUN March 16 to 20 in Seoul, Korea. The annual conference is held at a different host city every year, and is run by Harvard University students.
Every year approximately 400,000 students take part in MUN conferences around the world.
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