PBSC students win Model United Nations Conference award

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Palm Beach State College’s seven-member student team won a Distinguished Delegation Award for its representation of Luxembourg at this year’s National Model United Nations Conference in New York.

This was the fourth year PBSC participated in the annual event, billed as the world’s largest intercollegiate Model U.N. Conference, and third time earning an award, including its second for Distinguished Delegation.

During two conferences in March, more than 5,000 college and university students simulated the functions of the United Nations, which brings together diplomats from approximately 200 countries of the world to pursue peaceful and multilateral solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

PBSC’s seven-member team attended the second conference held March 25-29 with more than 2,500 students from 160 schools. The team included Sharmin Shahjahan, Trinity Stratemeyer, Liz Zayas, Sokolnicka Vilbon, Ariam Hernandez, Bryan Padilla and Joseph Morel, PBSC’s student trustee.

“The first year we sent a team to the conference was a learning experience because we were all new to it,” said professor Terry Randolph, who teaches political science on the Boca Raton campus and oversees the team. “After the first year, we have developed a stronger and stronger program based on our experiences.”

For the first time this year, Randolph selected the team through a competitive audition process open to all students.

“The entire experience of Model U.N. was like nothing I had gone through before,” said Shahjahan. “Being surrounded by so many motivated and passionate people who all are striving for a better future was very inspiring.”

Pictured above at the National Model United Nations Conference are, from left, Sharmin Shahjahan, Sokolnicka Vilbon, Bryan Padilla, Liz Zayas, Joseph Morel, Trinity Stratemeyer and Ariam Hernandez

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