On January 24, six members of Louisville’s Model UN team competed in the Edison High School Model United Nations Novice Conference. Sophomore Ashley Martinez, juniors Mai Contino, Liz Mina and Julianne Culley, and senior club officers Joanna Hamermesh and Kerry Judge partook in an all-day United Nations simulation. Competing against over 600 other high school students, they all represented Spain in different security council committees. At the end of the day, Model UN took home four awards, carrying on their winning streak from all the previous conferences they have attended this year.
Martinez and Culley both won Commendation Awards representing the country of Spain during which they addressed the crisis in Ukraine. Mina and Contino won two research awards, receiving a perfect score on their position paper focusing on Spain’s position in the Syrian Civil War. Hamermesh and Judge discussed the difficult Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As club officers, Judge and Hamermesh had to address Spain’s recognition of Palestine as a state while keeping relations with Israel as tactful as possible.
Club moderator Mrs. Varela noted, “Louisville’s Model UN club owes all of its successes this year to our senior club officers Kerry and Joanna. It is through their leadership, coaching, mentoring and encouragement of our club members over the last three years which is resulting in our Model UN Program enjoying its most successful year to date.”
We are extremely proud of our Model UN club!
— Kerry Judge ‘15