park center Model UN teamStudents on the Park Center Senior High Model United Nations (MUN) team won several awards at the MUN State Conference on March 20 at Macalester College.

Best Position Paper honors went to PCSH students Sophia Badrudeen and Stella Mboma (Nepal); Nic Leeds (Iceland); and Faith Noni and Favour Noni (Israel). Best Delegate Honorable Mention awards were presented to Ikra Dahir and Ariel Wright (Afghanistan).

Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, Security Council, or other multilateral body that introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation and decision-making. The skills students learn through Model UN—including research techniques, writing, public speaking, problem solving and compromise—often prove to be valuable in their future academic and professional endeavors.

The Park Center Model UN team, led by teachers Sonia Nunez-Gibbs and Nancy Ziemer, began 10 years ago at North View Middle School and has since evolved into a high school team. Members are: Sophia Badrudeen, Jordan Biengbouasy, Ikra Dahir, Quynh Chau Dinh, Katrina Chen, Caroline Clink, Maggie Clink, Daianna Diaz, Ahmed Fuad, Sondos Ibrahim, Joy Kormanik, David Lee, Victoria Lee, Nic Leeds, Alex Marihart, Bailey Massicotte, Stella Mboma, Kaleigh McNamer, Rachel Mummah, Faith Noni, Favour Noni, Maya Petrick, Chanthalone “Kat” Phouthavone, Daniella Villanueva Cruz and Ariel Wright.