JCCC students win Midwest awards
The Johnson County Community College Model United Nations team, including Eudora resident Kaori Wakabayashi, won three Outstanding Delegation awards for its portrayal of Greece and Tanzania at the 2007 Midwest Model United Nations Conference Feb. 21 to 24 in St. Louis.
The 16-member JCCC team competed against other universities and colleges from across North and South America.
In addition to the Outstanding Delegation awards, the team won two honorable mention awards. Honorable mention awards went to Justin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo., for his portrayal of Tanzania's position on the Economic and Social Council regarding the issues of "International Action Against Money Laundering and International Cooperation towards Employment and Decent Work for People."
The second honorable mention award went to Christina Hentzen, Kansas City, Mo., for her portrayal of Tanzania's position regarding the issues of the "International Action towards the Development and Promotion of Sustainable Energy, Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Educational Programs, and Role of Education in Preventing the Spread of HIV/AIDS."
The team adviser is Dr. Brian Wright, Warrensburg, Mo. Wright is a member of the board of directors of the Midwest Model United Nations Conference.
Model United Nations allows students to understand the international issues at the United Nations and at the same time build skills in public speaking and diplomacy. More than 600 students participated in the conference, proposing resolutions dealing with world issues.
The JCCC Model U.N. team will next attend the National Model United Nations Conference March 18 to 22 at the United Nations in New York, where they will be in coalition with Wichita State University to represent the country of France.
For information about the JCCC Model United Nations team, e-mail Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.