Debate M.U.N Tournament
November 14, 2011
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On November 4th, the Wood Cross debate team dominated at the BYU Model United Nations tournament. For many of our school’s representatives it was their very first M.U.N. competition.
Our team was assigned two countries that we were to represent almost a month prior to the tournament, France and Djibouti. The participants then were assigned a country, a committee of the UN and a topic that the UN is currently debating about. These were chosen by their amazingly talented coaches, Mrs. Gregg and Mrs. Heck. After that each student was required to write a policy paper which describes how their country has been affected by this issue as well as purpose solutions for the international problem.
A MUN tournament is not a short day. The representatives left at 7:30 am and were there past 6:00 pm. In that amount of time everyone attended the introduction ceremony and then filed into rooms with their designated committee. The next step is to set the agenda, a long grueling process where representatives all decide which order they will discuss the topics in. Once the order has been determined, representatives state their countries views and opinions on the world wide issue. Then they form different groups who write papers promoting their resolution with supporting evidence that will guarantee a successful change.
Woods Cross used this tournament as an introduction for a small handful of novice competitors, who got their first opportunity to write from a completely non-bias view point. Cannon Nicholls, the MUN president and a senior claimed, “I, being the president of U.N., invited a small handful of novices to accompany us and help represent our school. And then I trained them as my amazing little protégés who made me extremely proud!”
At the end of the day all of the students made our school very proud. Being part of the M.U.N. teaches students important life skills such as how to communicate well, how to compromise, and how to quickly and efficiently write papers. To Mcaky Holbrooke teamwork is the most valued life skill that you are taught from this experience. “One of the most important qualities to gain from M.U.N. is the value of teamwork. As well as becoming a leader because if you are incapable of leading as well as delegating you will be unable to place.”
Woods Cross had an extremely successful tournament day. Our team took first place with the country of France and third place with Djibouti. As well as many impressive personal victories including, second place in the Security Council by Mckay Holbrook & Steve Bennion. First place in the General Assembly was awarded to Luke Hansen & Kaestle Charlesworth. In ECOSOC Annie Holm & Luke Jowers took second place. Also in the African Development Bank, Andres Lancheros & Brittany Brunner came home with second place and third place went to Ben Powell & Alex Tufts. However one of the most impressive placements was Tuscan Thompson who took first in the committee of Organización de Estados Americanos (Organization of American States) that is conducted entirely in Spanish.
Although the list of people who placed is extremely large, there were more representitives who unfortunately did not get the opportunity to place. However they did spend hours of time prepping, helping others and competing. They were Cannon Nicholls, Lance Allred, Ashlee Baggs, Danielle Searle, Steven Peterson, Andres Rodriguez, Bryce Pickett, Annie Moscon, Lauren Johnson, Ethan Johnson, Sally Olea, Erick Luna, Katelyn Bretzing, Maren Cline, Andrew Bishop, Allison Harden, Jarom Soulé and Katlyn Phillips.