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HILTON, NY – The Ithaca High School Model UN club won “Outstanding Delegation From A Small School” and 7 other Awards at the recent Hilton High School Model United Nations Conference 2016.

With only 24 delegates, many attending their first Model UN Conference, and four students acting as chairs of committees (and therefore not “delegates” eligible for awards) the club took home the most prestigious award available to a club, and took home delegate awards in a number of categories.

In their respective committees, Eva Bohn, Isabel Dawson, Alexandra Gibbons and first-time attendee Ruth Silcoff took home the “Outstanding Delegate” award. Also a first-time delegate, Samson McKinley took home “Best Delegate” in the Security Council committee.

Other important accolades awarded in their respective committees included “Best New Delegate” to Chloe Cerione and Cameron Grover.

Also, four students, Sarah Couillard, Bella Culotta, Max Fink, Alison Ke, acted as chairs of committees, a prestigious position at Model UN conferences. It has be traditional that only one or two students from IHS has been selected to act in this role per conference.

(Chairs of committees are not eligible for “Best” or “Outstanding” awards as they choose the students who receive them per committee).

Other excellent work was contributed by teammates Chloe Cramer, Meghana Gavirnei, Erin Hilgartner, Martin Jander and Sherrie Qian with Veda Chickermane, Ryan Cunningham, Jackson Falk, Zoe Marschner, Nathan Souchet, Anna Stevens, Leland Xu and Adam Zhang all attending their first Model UN conference.

Michael Reiff is the Model UN Club Advisor, from the IHS English Department. Matt Prokosch, of the IHS History Department, acts as special advisor. Both attended the conference with the club.

(Photo provided.)