Seventeen students from Manlius Pebble Hill School traveled to the United Kingdom recently, where they successfully competed against students from more than 200 colleges and universities in the London International Model United Nations Conference. Kneeling are: Will Maresco, Adam Oliver, Jeongyoon Han, and Joseph Binder. Standing are: Nicholas Jerge, Jacob Hamblin, Spencer Alexander, Phillip Maier, Emily Reiter, Lucy Zwigard, Caroline Blanck, Matthew Parker, Griffin Walsh, Mark Murray, Annie Weiss, Hyemin Han and Daniel Albanese.
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Charging into international competition, Manlius Pebble Hill School’s Model United Nations team won eight major awards and commendations and was named Best Medium Sized Delegation at the recent London International Model United Nations Conference (LIMUN).
Only a few spots were allotted to high school delegates at this, the largest and most respected collegiate MUN conference in Europe. LIMUN attracted 1,504 students from 53 countries and more than 200 universities.
“These were students from the London School of Economics, University of Zurich, and other prestigious universities,” said Jeffery Mangram, coach and advisor for the MPH MUN team. “The conference itself is so prestigious that opening ceremonies are held in Central Hall Westminster, where the first United Nations session was convened in 1946.”
The MPH team of 17 students served on 10 different MUN committees, from the World Trade Organization to the UN Environmental Program. Mangram said the students so impressed the LIMUN board of trustees with the “caliber of their research, debate and oratorical skills, and ability to display nuanced diplomatic skills against university level students,” that the board officially invited MPH back to the conference next year.