SCF’s Model UN Team Garners Awards at Atlanta Conference

(Bradenton. Fla., Dec. 15, 2015) — The Model United Nations (U.N.) team at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) earned both team and individual awards at the Southern Regional Model UN (SRMUN) conference in Atlanta Nov. 17-19. The success of the group, which represented Canada at the multi-day UN simulation, was especially noteworthy considering that four of the five SCF students were attending their first-ever conference.

The five SCF students were among 700 college students from universities and two-year colleges from around the country at the competition. Anne Miller, SCF’s only Model UN veteran and International Business Bachelor of Applied Science candidate, received an individual Outstanding Delegate Award for her work in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

New delegates Michael MacDermott and Zoran Popovic won a partner award for "Most Diplomatic" in the World Humanitarian Summit committee. Fellow team members Tori Stalnaker (in the General Assembly Plenary) and Alex Rosas (in the World Health Organization) contributed valuable points that added up to several team awards.

SCF also received a best position paper award for the sixth straight year. This recognition is given to schools whose papers scored in the top 10 percent. The team also won an Honorable Delegation Award, marking the fourth time in a row and fifth overall that SCF won a team delegation award.

The SCF team was remarkable in other ways as well, according to Coach Daniel Fuerstman, SCF assistant professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

“All five of the students are beyond the age of a traditional college student,” he said. “One came to America from Bosnia before becoming a citizen. Another served overseas in the Armed Forces. Still another enrolled at SCF as a non-degree-seeking student specifically to join the Model UN program, believing it would be good career training for a future in the Foreign Service.

“The one common denominator among all of the team members is the quality of education they are receiving in writing, critical thinking and communications at SCF,” added Fuerstman, who serves as an honorary board member of SRMUN. “It’s because of this that they are able to adapt so quickly to the needs of the conference.”

A team comprised of seven first-time and two returning Model UN students from all three SCF locations and the SCF Collegiate School will compete at the SRMUN conference in Charlotte, N.C., from March 31 to April 2, 2016. SCF will represent the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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