Students Compete in National Model UN Conference

Students Compete in National Model UN Conference
Posted on 01/26/2021
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On January 22-24, 12 Model United Nations students competed at the virtual Gator High School Model UN Conference out of the University of Florida in Gainesville via Zoom at home. This was HHIHS’s first time competing at a nationally ranked competition.

Gator MUN is a nationally ranked conference and is ranked second in competitive nature in the south-southeast region for high school Model UN competitions, this makes it within the top 10-50 conferences in the nation according to All American MUN database. This conference is ranked within the top #25-50 in the United States depending on the year, and alternates between #25-100 in the world according to the Best Delegate database. The official conference national and world ranking for the 2020-2021 competition year is not set yet, as the parameters on how to rank a virtual conference have not been declared.

Below are the students who participated, the country/person they represented and the committee they competed in.

2021 Gator MUN students

  1. Kristina Heskett-Bangladesh: Commission on the status of women (CSW)
  1. Raul Levya -Bangladesh: Disarmament and international security (DISEC)
  1. Griffin Sanders -Bangladesh: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  1. Laurel Hawkins -Bangladesh: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  1. Cynthia Gudatis -Bangladesh: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  1. Andrew Schlesener -Bangladesh: World Health Organization (WHO)
  1. Adam Swidzinski -Bangladesh: World Health Organization (WHO)
  1. Laney Hawkins-Representative from Conakry Region, Guinea: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  1. Tommy Hughson-Eugenio Vidal Pacelli (Peronist, Msiones Province): Transition to Democracy: Argentine National Congress
  1. Tess Sanford-King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia: 2020 G20 Riyadh Summit
  1. Oliver Bennet-Jonathan Elmer: E Pluribus Unum-The Continental Congress
  1. Hayden Bird: Prince Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya: A New African Nation: The East African Federation 2021(Crisis)

HHIHS did not win any awards, as we were too small of a delegation to make a significant impact, but we broke our own personal record competition records this weekend for resolutions sponsored/signatory and passed. We also had the most speaking time in at a single conference in club history.


Griffin: sponsor and signatory on 1.1 for topic 1 il and a signatory for 1.2 on topic 1, both passed.

Tommy: sponsor for 1.2 in my conference and a signatory for 1.1

I was a sponsor for 1.1 and a signatory for 1.2. Both passed.


Oliver: I was a signatory for 1 on Navy, passed. I was a sponsor for another on Navy, did not pass.


Tess: sponsor for 2, signatory for 1. All passed.


Laurel: I was a signatory for 1.5 and a sponsor for 1.3.. Both passed


Cynthia: I was a signatory on 1.1 and 1.2. Both passed.


Adam and Drew: sponsor for 1.7 in my conference and a signatory for 1.3. 1.3 passed.


Hayden: several directives sponsored and passed. Unanimously voted to the position of Secretary of Education in the Crisis committee called “A New African Nation: The East African Federation 2021.”


Raul: signatory on 4.1 which passed


Kristina: sponsored 1 (did not pass), signatory on 1, which passed

All 18 Model UN students will compete again in three weeks at the virtual Beaufort County Conference, and students will end the competition season by competing virtually in March at the Winthrop University High School Model United Nations Conference.