Students Compete in Stanford Model UN
Unable to attend Harvard University's Model UN and Model Congress competitions for the past two years due to the pandemic, Groton's Model UN/Model Congress Club decided to try something different.
Over the weekend of February 20, eleven students participated remotely in Stanford University's Model United Nations program. The students were on a variety of high-level committees, dealing with issues ranging from concerns about cybersecurity to the Eurozone debt crisis.
For example, two students, Jessica Lee '24 and Alice Liu '23, portrayed pop stars Billie Eilish and Adele, respectively, on a committee titled "Streaming and Scheming." Mei Matsui '23 and Amelia Barnum '24 represented two different political parties in a historical simulation of Spain's legislature, the Cortes Generales, in 1977, as the country transitioned from a dictatorship to a democracy. And in a simulated meeting of the Crisis Committee of the People's Republic of China, Zola Sayers-Fay '23 portrayed Lee Zuocheng, chief of the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission, in debates about the South China Sea.
Students report that the conference was a fun and productive experience, despite the limitations and challenges of participating virtually.—Tommy Lamont, Model UN faculty advisor