Brentwood at VMUN
On Thursday, January 8th, twenty students from Brentwood’s Debate/Model UN program embarked on a three day journey to Vancouver to participate in the seventeenth annual session of Vancouver Model United Nations (VMUN). This conference is the largest high school run model UN in North America, and one of the most well known and respected. With students from throughout Canada, the United States, and beyond attending, the conference, hosted at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Vancouver, provided an opportunity for the delegates to meet new people, learn and develop skills in diplomacy and critical thinking, and enjoy a weekend in Vancouver. During the three day conference, each delegate represented a country, and, in one of twenty unique committees, debated relevant and contentious world issues and collaborated with other members of the committee to create a realistic solution.
On Friday morning, participants rose early for opening ceremonies and keynote speaker Mohamed Fahmy, followed by their first committee session. With breaks only for lunch and dinner, the delegates were in session until 11:30 that night. On Saturday, after another long day of exciting debate and discussion, participants were invited to attend the VMUN social and dance. Following this, delegates re-entered their now familiar committee rooms to engage in the ‘midnight crisis’. An emergency situation was cast at the delegates, and they worked together to create a fast, effective, and sustainable solution. At 2:00 am, the students returned, exhausted, to their hotel rooms.
On Sunday, the sixth and final session was held, a final resolution was passed in each committee, and after grabbing a quick lunch, the Brentwood students departed, each with new friends, memories, and skills. Janey W, Hope ‘20 spoke for all of the participants when she said “VMUN was an experience I don't think I will ever forget … I will take [the things I learned there] with me through the rest of my school and debate career.”
From within the over 1, 000 students who attended the conference, an incredible five students from Brentwood were recognized for awards. Marc Y, Rogers ‘19, David L, Ellis ‘21, and John E, Rogers ‘18 were given honorable mentions. Jessica W, Allard ‘20 was awarded the ‘Best Researched’ delegate in her committee, and Amelia H, Allard ‘20, representing Germany in NATO, won ‘Best Delegate’. Congratulations to everyone who participated, and a huge thank you Mr. Bryant and Ms. Steele-MacInnis, who made this opportunity possible!
Sarah R, Mackenzie ‘20