A long-standing tradition, WMHSMUN brings 1000 high school students to campus

by Curt Mills on November 17, 2010

The William & Mary High School Model United Nations conference (WMHSMUN) was held November 12-14. High school students from across the country traveled to Williamsburg to participate in the Model UN conference put on by William and Mary’s International Relations Club.

Now in its twenty-fourth year, the conference is widely regarded as one of the most preeminent in the country. It has become a notable staple of the William & Mary fall semester, but less glamorously, has become known for causing serious congestion at the University Center and around campus. Delegates, as the students are called for the purposes of the conference, can participate in a wide variety of committee simulations. There are three main categories of committee: Novice Committees, General Assemblies, and Specialized Agencies. Novice Committees, as the name implies, are for newer delegates, and are generally quite large (sometimes 100+ students). General Assemblies are also quite large, but are for far more experienced participants. Finally, there are the Specialized Agencies, which are much smaller, and for more experienced delegates. Like at many Model UN conferences, some of the specialized committees aren’t necessarily UN committees. For instance, there were a 1914 German Cabinet and a G-20 Summit.

Nakul Kadaba (’11) is this year’s Secretary-General of WMHSMUN, the conference’s top position. When asked about this year’s conference and the tradition of WMHSMUN, Kadaba said: “WMHSMUN is obviously an incredible experience. We had a record number of delegates this year, and incredible feedback from sponsors. We had schools from all over, and for the first time in almost a decade we had an international school as well. As SG, I had a best staff in WMHSMUN history. The best of William & Mary really showed this weekend.”

WMHSMUN exists with the larger body of the International Relations Club (IR Club, as it is more commonly known). Kedar Pavgi (’11) is this year’s president. When asked about his favorite part of WMHSMUN, “My favorite part of WMHSMUN is that knowing the future generation of diplomats could very well be coming through this conference.”

In total, roughly thirty-five high schools participated in the conference. The University of Chicago Laboratory School won the Michael Coon award, an award named for a previous WMHSMUN Secretary-General, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia was awarded the best delegation award.

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