This month, 21 mentor students attended UTMUN, a Model UN Conference hosted by the University of Toronto. The students participated in a variety of committees and debated a broad range of topics, from contemporary global issues such as child soldiers and the dispute over Kashmir, to historical topics such as the formation of the post-apartheid regime in South Africa and the stability and maintenance of the Roman Empire. Several students immersed themselves in literary committees, simulating the political dynamics of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, while others debated characteristics of a true leader from Machiavelli’s The Prince. The students were challenged to apply the research they had done, and their leadership, public speaking and teamwork skills, to form strategic alliances and craft global solutions to the issues at hand in their committees. The team faced stiff competition, with hundreds of students in attendance from across Canada, as well as a handful of international delegations. Mentor however, rose to the challenge and won 13 awards:
Honorable Mentions: Brent Semak, Sophia Begna, Hugh Corley
Best Position Papers: Junze Cao, Matt Dziadecki, Hasan Khan, Aaditeya Jhaveri, Sheel Shah
Outstanding Delegates: Gursharan Sohi, Mustafa Bengali
Best Delegates: Jeremy Malloch, Sanaa Jain, Ryan McDowell, Aaditeya Jhaveri
A special shout out goes to Aaditeya Jhaveri for winning the Best Delegate and Best Position Paper award in his committee. Huge congratulations once again to all our delegates for a fantastic weekend of stimulating debates and honing those negotiation skills!