16 Students Attend AmeriMUNC where Natasha H. ’27 receives Honorable Mention

Last weekend, Foxcroft’s 16-member Model UN Team traveled to American University, in the heart of Washington, DC, to compete in AmeriMUNC, which their website describes as “...the only high school conference to host a completely interconnected crisis simulation that is centered around one region of the world.” Students arrived Friday and stayed through Sunday to participate in the conference.
This year’s simulation focused on the African continent, and we are excited to share that Natasha H. ’27 received an Honorable Mention for her role as Solo "Solorazaf" Razafindrakoto on the Cabinet of Madagascar for the committee “Return to Sender: Stolen Artifacts.”

Below are reflections from two of our students who attended the weekend conference.

This year, the region for the MUN debates was Africa. They had amazing committees, including The War Against Poaching, Stolen Artifacts, Sand: It Gets Everywhere, and lots more! I chose the War Against Poaching Crisis Committee. 

When we arrived on Friday, each of us had a three-hour conference with our committee, where we heard everyone’s ideas and solutions to problems and met people from all over the world. Saturday was a day full of committee meetings with some breaks. Even though it seems like a long time, the time flies by as there is so much happening in each MUN committee. The AmeriMUNC trip ended with the delegate dance and the closing ceremony and awards. 

I have multiple reasons why I like Model UN, but there is one that stands out the most. I enjoy history, so it is fascinating to read about what my committee is trying to accomplish and the topic's history. I also want to be better at public speaking, and Model UN has greatly improved my ability to speak in front of a room full of people. However, one of the nicest things about going on the Foxcroft MUN trip over the weekend and staying in hotel rooms with classmates is I get to meet and connect with people I have not talked to before. — Caroline W. ’26

I had never been to a Model UN conference, so I was terribly nervous. It seemed so formal and stiff — the kind of environment where you would get written off because of the slightest mistake. I almost scared myself out of going, but I knew that to grow, I needed to step out of my comfort zone. So, I signed up.

We drove to DC as a group on Friday, right after morning Wintermission classes. The trip was long but a good opportunity to catch up on last-minute research. That evening, we changed into our formal outfits and got on a bus to head to the American University campus for our first session. I was the only one from Foxcroft on my committee, so I had to go to my building alone. I was so stressed that I had to check my assigned room five times before I walked in. I chose a seat towards the back and waited for it to begin.

I spoke about three times on the first day, each getting progressively easier. The first time I stood to speak, my voice was wobbly, and I could barely look up from my paper, but then I saw people listening to me, understanding my ideas, nodding at good points, and jotting things down as I spoke. It made me feel powerful and important — like I could make a difference in the world. From then on, I started to raise my card to speak more often. I collaborated with others during unmoderated periods and asked questions on unclear topics. It was a good feeling — working together to serve others.

Before I knew it, the session was over. When we were released, I breathed a sigh of relief but also a sigh of disappointment. I was truly enjoying myself and didn’t want it to end. But on the other hand, it was 8:30pm, and I was exhausted. We rode the bus back to the hotel and collapsed into our beds.

On the second day, we woke up bright and early to travel to campus. I sat next to an unfamiliar person on the bus, and we chatted the whole way. We talked about our committees and colleges and what we wanted to do in the future. It was a shock to me how friendly all the delegates were. I expected fierce competition, with each delegate guarding their secrets with their lives, but in reality, while the competition was fierce, the delegates would share their ideas openly, even with the opposing side.

During our second committee, we worked on our working papers and draft resolutions. Each delegate would make sure that everyone's ideas were heard, even if they were small. There was a sense of togetherness, everyone reaching towards the same goal: a brighter future. It was refreshing to see such good spirit, and it was amazing that I was able to participate in it.

Right after lunch, we presented our draft resolutions and voted on whether they would pass. Of the two resolutions presented, both passed! It was a truly spectacular moment to see my and others' ideas approved by a whole room of people.

After our papers passed, our committee moved on to "Fun-MUN,” where we got to choose what we do for the rest of the time. We decided to do a Q&A. Random delegates would go to the front of the room, and people would ask them silly questions. It was entertaining and a good way to close the conference.

All in all, AmeriMUNC was an experience I’ll never forget. It pushed me out of my comfort zone while still encouraging me to have fun. I was inspired by the people I met and hope to be just as confident as them at future conferences. I could not recommend Model UN enough. — Tabitha H. ’27
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