SVSU Students Continue Model U.N. Success

SVSU Students Continue Model U.N. Success
November 26, 2012/SVSU News

Saginaw Valley State University is quickly gaining a reputation for success in the Model United Nations community, as two SVSU teams took top honors at the 2012 American Model U.N. Conference in Chicago Nov. 14-17. More than 1,500 students from 85 separate colleges and universities competed in the event. 

Dylan Hellus, a political science major from Freeland, and Kayla Langmaid, an international studies major from Caro; and Jared Quist, a communication major from Saginaw, and Keven Washburn, an economics major from Millington, each captured best delegation honors for their respective simulations. Both teams portrayed Iraq at the conference. Hellus and Langmaid won in the Economic and Social Council category; Quist and Washburn were tops in the General Assembly: Third Committee. 

Their success comes on the heels of SVSU being named best overall delegation and seeing three teams take top honors at the 2011 American Model U.N. competition. Washburn also won individual honors last year. 

In addition to representing Iraq, other students represented Jamaica. Issues that were presented and debated at the conference ranged from water rights to human trafficking to international security. 

Since forming a Model U.N. team in 2007, SVSU has won more than 20 awards. During the winter semester, SVSU students will participate in the Michigan Model Arab League and North American Model United Nations conferences. 

Founded in 1989, The National Model United Nations is sponsored by the National Collegiate Conference Association. It provides opportunities for university-level students to participate in a conference to bring together a generation of international leaders. 

Contact: J.J. Boehm, Director of Media Relations (989) 964-4055 University Communications