Model United Nations Students Won Awards at Regional Event

Monday, April 18, 2011

Students from Westminster College's Model United Nations (UN) earned awards at the Mid-Atlantic Consortium Model United Nations (MACMUN) simulation April 9 at Mercyhurst College in Erie.

MACMUN brought together more than 45 students from colleges in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio around the theme of the evolving political unrest throughout the Middle East with much of the discussion focusing on the ongoing military conflict in Libya.  Students represented members of the UN Security Council or the League of Arab States.

Individual and school awards based on overall performance were given.  Four of the nine Westminster students earned individual awards: junior political science major James Beaudry earned a Superior Delegate Award, the highest individual award given; junior political science majors Steven Fawcett and Jeremy Hoover and junior political science and psychology major Robert Vavrinak each earned Outstanding Delegate Awards.

Additional students on the Westminster team, which earned second place overall, were: sophomore political science major Kelcey Bailey, senior broadcast communications major Alyssa Hanna, junior political science major Troy LaCorte, freshman political science and Spanish major Teresa Whetstone, and sophomore political science major Leah Wilson.

Dr. Michael Aleprete, Westminster assistant professor of political science and Model UN adviser, attended with the students.

Contact Aleprete at (724) 946-7254 or email alepreme@westminster.edu for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Front (l-r): Robert Vavrinak, James Beaudry, Kelcey Bailey, Teresa Whetstone, Alyssa Hanna, Leah Wilson. Back (l-r): Troy LaCorte, Dr. Michael Aleprete, Steven Fawcett, Jeremy Hoover.