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Weycker and Massabni Named Best Delegate at Model UN Conference

NDA students participated in the Model UN Conference last week. At the event were 32 Wisconsin schools representing 70 country delegations. Each year, 600-800 students participate in this conference.

Eric Weycker and Joseph Massabni were named "Best Delegate" in their Special Council for a combination of how they prepared, portrayed, and participated in this committee. They engaged in roughly 11 hours of debate over two days to work to resolve the following two issues. They must follow proper parliamentary procedure in debate.

Weycker and Massabni were on the Security Council and were assigned the Russian Federation. They worked together to act as the Russian Federation to resolve two issues:

1. The North Korean Threat
2. Power Vacuum Prevention and Reconciled Failed States.

At this conference, each delegate is responsible for researching a particular topic and defending the assigned country's standpoint to create a resolution to the identified problem. All students are forced to work together to craft a resolution, which does not always happen.

NDA students at the Model UN Conference

Most delegates work in what are called Main Committees, which feed into the General Assembly to pass resolutions. Other delegates work on Special Committees like the Security Council, Historical Security Council, Council of the European Union, Joint Crisis Committee, Human Rights Council, or International Court of Justice.

Weycker and Massabni's achievement is unique because NDA runs Model UN as a club, whereas most schools operate Model UN as a class. Because it is a club, students must meet and prepare during their free time outside of school.

In Model UN, Special Councils are comparable to Varsity, and the Main Committee is comparable to JV. Weycker has been to conferences previously, but this was Massabni's first experience. They made a great achievement being on a Special Council.

This is the first time NDA has won an award at the Model UN Conference, and NDA is proud of each student who participated in this conference.

Model UN is run under the supervision of Mr. Matt Schultz, IB Coordinator.

About Notre Dame Academy: Notre Dame Academy is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and is a co-ed Catholic high school founded by the Norbertine Order, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Diocese of Green Bay. NDA’s distinctive history embraces the more than 120-year foundation of St. Joseph Academy, Abbot Pennings High School and Our Lady of Premontre High School. NDA offers a globally focused education with a leading IB Diploma Program. Its high-caliber educational community is focused on outstanding learning and creating a lifetime of opportunity for all students.