CMC Model UN Wins Awards at World Conference
CMC's Model UN team was named the "Best Small Delegation" at Harvard University's WorldMUN conference in Vancouver, Canada this week. The conference is among the largest in the world and is considered by many to be the most prestigious. This is the second consecutive year that CMC has won awards at the annual conference, which draws over 2,000 college students from 65 countries. Only two delegation awards were given. The other, the award for sending the best team with over 10 delegates, went to Venezuela's Universidad Catolica de Andres Bello.
8 out of CMC's 9 delegates won individual awards, says Daniel Shane '13, co-founder of the team. "It was especially exciting for Neil Malani '13, Kanupriya Rungta '14, Shriya Ravishankar '14, and Aditya Pai '13 who won at their first ever WorldMUN. And even more exciting for Aseem Chipalkatti '15, who won as a freshman at his first ever WorldMUN."
Three other CMC delegates won awards, including Ankit Sud '14, Shane himself and Paul Jeffery '12, who continued an award streak started last year at WorldMUN in Singapore.
Shane thinks the showing this year and last year has put CMC on the map. "We would walk around at the going away party and have people say 'Claremont McKenna? Congratulations!' after nobody knowing us at the beginning of the conference," said Shane, "It's really exciting."
CMC's Model UN team is currently ranked 8th in the United States. Team co-founder Ajay Sridhar '12 thinks the recent victory could propel the team into a top 5 ranking. "This was big for us," says Sridhar.
Both Shane and Sridhar expressed high hopes for next year.