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DATE: April 10, 2013 9:33:09 AM PDT
WWU Awarded Honorable Mention Delegation at National Model UN in New York City

Contact: Jesse Barnett, Western Washington University Model UN President, president@westerniaa.com

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Model United Nations program represented Azerbaijan and Chile and was named Honorable Mention Delegation at this year’s Model UN conference March 24 - 28 in New York City, N.Y.

Western’s Model United Nations represented Azerbaijan as a member of the Security Council and Chile on various committees, which dealt with issues ranging from events in Somalia to food security.

“It was the experience of a lifetime,” said Western freshman Dominic D’Angelo of Davis, Calif., who represented Azerbaijan on the Security Council. “It's not every day that someone gets to go to New York. It's even a less commonoccurrence for someone to go to the United Nations.”

Members of the program received five committee awards, the most Western has ever won at the annual conference. 

Outstanding Position Paper awards were given to Lena Gottschalk of Göttingen, Germany and Patia Wiebe-Wright of Marysville; Misha Litchev of Kirkland and Mark Winters of Spokane; and Keira Alkema of Camas and Jesse Barnett of Kingston.

Position papers were submitted three weeks prior to the start of the conference and are used to recommend solutions for the topics being discussed in each committee.

Outstanding Delegation awards were given to Bill Campbell of Port Orchard and D’Angelo; and Alkema and Barnett. 

Outstanding Delegation awards are determined by each committee as a whole, recognizing individual delegates for their knowledge, leadership, and diplomatic skills.

The Model United Nations program at Western Washington University is a subsidiary body of International Affairs Association. More information about the association, the Model United Nations conference, and other activities can be found at www.westerniaa.com.

For more information contact Jesse Barnett at president@westerniaa.com.

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