May 20, 2015

Members of the GTCC Model UN Club are from left to right: Michael Cuddy, Josiah Laivins and Lindsay Pendleton. (Courtesy of Matthew DeSantis.)

Members of the GTCC Model UN Club are from left to right: Michael Cuddy, Josiah Laivins and Lindsay Pendleton. (Courtesy of Matthew DeSantis.)

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — The Guilford Technical Community College Model United Nations Club received several awards recently at the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) competition April 9-11 in Charlotte, N.C.

GTCC represented two delegations – Nigeria and Turkey – and competed against 36 colleges and universities (and seven community colleges) including the University of Tennessee, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, St. Louis University and Radford University.

GTCC student Michael Cuddy of Greensboro received the Outstanding Delegate Award – Nigeria Security Council for his work in the Security Council committee, which debated the topic of international terrorism and dealt with a simulated crisis in which foreign ambassadors were kidnapped by terrorist organizations.

GTCC students Ameera Abu-Zuauiter and Faiza Chaudhry, both of Greensboro, received the award for Most Improved Delegates –– Turkey General Assembly. Abu-Zuauiter and Chaudhry helped pass resolutions on both topics debated: Communicable Diseases: Countering the Threat of the Ebola Virus Disease; and Enhancing Water Quality Management and Sustainability.

“Michael has proven in multiple conferences that he is among the best delegates in the Southeast and receiving Outstanding Delegate in Security Council is reaffirmation of that fact,” said Matthew DeSantis, Model UN club advisor and assistant professor of political science at GTCC. “The individual recognition for Ameera and Faiza is also outstanding as they are very novice delegates who really bloomed throughout the course of the weekend and have incredible potential moving forward.”

In addition, the GTCC Model UN team received the Outstanding Position Paper Award and Honorable Delegation Award – both for the Nigeria delegation.

The Outstanding Position Paper Award goes to the schools who write the best position papers, which are written by each member of the delegation and include research about their assigned country’s policy on certain agenda topics and solutions to those issues.
The Papers are scored by the conference chairs and evaluated for writing style, format, tone, research and purpose.

The Honorable Delegation Award goes to delegations that are among the best at the conference. The award speaks to the strength of the overall team as each member is evaluated for their work in their respective committees.

“I am so incredibly proud of the team and so pleased by the effort and quality of work our delegations continue to put forth as we have managed to establish ourselves as one of the most competitive Model United Nations teams in the Southeast,” said DeSantis, who started GTCC’s first Model UN Club in fall 2012.

In addition to the student accolades, DeSantis also has received a recent honor of being elected to the SRMUN Board of Directors. He will serve a two-year term as one of three faculty members on the Board.

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