Contributed By Ivan Dominguez
Each year, the National Model United Nations invites universities and colleges for a week-long conference held in New York City in the spring. This year our very own McMurry U.N. was chosen to participate in the Global NMUN conference hosted in the beautiful Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.
“Honestly, if you opened up any Spanish book and flipped to the page on Ecuador it was exactly like that, simply amazing,” recalled senior Quinten Smith. Many of our students have attended numerous conferences, represented various campus organizations, competed for titles, and perhaps even won awards. Four distinguished members of the McMurry Model U.N. did all of the above and brought home more than just awards.
Students Martha Chace, Joshua Brooks , Kenna Cornelius, and Quinten Smith were given the task to represent Argentina at the conference, with this year’s issue being Sustainable Development.
“The past two years I have attended the national conference in New York and represented difficult nations, but this time we were invited to the international conference and represented a nation filled with opinions, Argentina!” said Quinten. No doubt that this time things were different and at a much larger scale for the veteran. “Since this was my third conference, I was given the privilege to be head delegate and monitor my fellow delegates, but they did not need much monitoring. They all did an incredible job,” remarked Quinten. Each student “ambassador” had his or her own specific “commissions” and issue to resolve. Martha focused on the status of women; Josh focused on science and technology for development; Kenna focused on methods for sustainable development; and Quinten focused on population and development.
Martha Chace was named best delegate in her committee and Quinten added that, “This is the first conference, maybe even the first time in McMurry history where we won the Distinguished Delegation award…I am so proud of every team member!” The trip for these four students seemed to be nothing less than amazing. “I learned so much from this experience–the Ecuadorian infrastructure, international relations, and even a little about the vegetation. This trip was wonderful. The scenery was breathtaking; I saw seals lying on the beach, rare birds, and even got a double decker tour of Quito!” said Quinten. “What I also brought back from this trip was lots of sand, souvenirs and ten new close friends… I would like to thank every single person who donated to us and helped make the trip possible; it was truly a blessing.”