APRIL 22, 2016


GTCC’s Model UN Club recently received numerous awards at the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) competition. Back row from left to right: Lance Parker and Lindsay Pendleton; Front row from left to right: Shantique Bantum and Kevin Soltero-Silva.

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — The Guilford Technical Community College Model United Nations Club received numerous awards recently at the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) competition March 31–April 2 in Charlotte, N.C.

GTCC competed against more than 60 delegations and received the two highest awards: the Overall Outstanding Delegation Award and the Overall Outstanding Position Papers Award.

Four GTCC students received the Outstanding Delegate Award, the highest individual award at the conference. Lindsay Pendleton of High Point received the award for his committee work in the China Security Council. Kevin Soltero-Silva of Greensboro received recognition for his work in the Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific committee. And Lance Parker of Greensboro and Kathryn Nieri of Summerfield both received the Co-Outstanding Delegate Award for their work in the United Nations Development Program.

The GTCC delegation received an average score of a 94.8 on their way to receiving the Outstanding Position Paper Award. Position papers 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.

GTCC represented the delegation of the People’s Republic of China in a variety of committees and competed against more than 30 other colleges and universities including Clemson University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Wake Forest University.

“This was an overall team effort in terms of research, preparation and performance at the conference,” said Matthew DeSantis, Model UN club advisor and associate professor of political science at GTCC. “Certainly, Lindsay, Kate, Kevin and Lance deserve individual recognition for the amazing efforts they put forth in their committees, but we would not have been able to win the overall outstanding delegation award without great effort from each member of the team.

“The exciting part for me is that nearly everyone is coming back next year, and I really look forward to seeing what this group can accomplish.”

DeSantis started the Model UN Club in 2012. He remains on the SRMUN Board of Directors, serving a two-year term.

The GTCC Model UN Club is comprised of GTCC students Shantique Bantum, Haya Baker, Josh Castro, Kathryn Nieri, Ruth-Helen Obas, Lance Parker, Lindsay Pendleton, Kevin Soltero-Silva and Danielle Wiggins.

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— Essence Edwards, GTCC