From March 5 to March 9, the Ottawa Hills Model United Nations club was in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the Radisson Hotel for the Mid-American Model United Nations (MAMUN) conference.

This year, Ottawa Hills represented four nations: France, United Kingdom, Japan, and Spain. In addition, representing these nations, delegates had the chance to participate in five General Assembly (GA) committees, three Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) committees, or the Security Council. Furthermore, each delegate had the opportunity to participate in a crisis simulation.

Club advisor Thomas McCarthy reflects, “It was an overall great conference. Everyone was successful, and I’m proud of every single one of them. In particular, I will miss my seniors’ leadership.”

Even though the conference took place this month, delegates began preparing for their roles as United Nations delegates in January. Over the span of two months, club members wrote upwards of four position papers, drafted resolutions, and diligently researched their topics for their respective roles.

At MAMUN, delegates found themselves in committee from nine in the morning to nine-thirty at night and attended social events in the evening such as trivia night, MAMUN Idol, and the delegate dance.

By the end of the conference, delegates found a sense of pride in their accomplishments. Juniors Hank Griffin and Deepta Paramasamy and seniors Edward Shimborske and Ashleigh Smirnov each won second honors in their respective GA committees. Junior Charlotte Mayer-Heckathorn won highest honors for her work in her ECOSOC committee, and also had the honor of attending the Secretariat’s invitation-only crisis simulation.

Reflecting on MAMUN, junior Deepta Paramasamy states, “Although this was my first conference, it was an amazing opportunity and experience that I loved. I would definitely encourage people to join- this club is really fun! It may seem nerve-wracking at first, but it really helps with public speaking skills and is a great way to meet new people.”