Model United Nations Club Triumphs In 44th Annual Model UN Conference

The ice storm earlier this month could not keep our Model United Nation's Team down!  Because of the weather, their plans to gather on campus to participate virtually in Old Dominion University’s 44th Annual Model UN Conference were dashed.  No problem!  Our great students and faculty facilitators Mr. Liberg and Mr. Wildes joined from the safety of their own homes, demonstrating Knight resiliency and perseverance.  We could not be more proud of our club members, whose dedication and hard work reflects the best ideals of SMR! 

Read on for a list of participants and a little about their work last weekend.  

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St. Mary's Ryken Model UN team during the 44th Annual Model UN Conference

For last weekend's conference, nine Model UN club members modeled the work of the United Nations by representing Pakistan and the Dominican Republic as delegates in the Model UN's General Assembly and Security Council, while four others took part in Specialized Committees and Crisis Committees. Our SMR delegates worked with other high school students from several states to produce resolutions designed to address a wide range of issues, from cyber terrorism to the reform of the World Health Organization.

The following is a list of team members who participated in the conference. Those who received special awards are noted:

12th Grade

  • Rebecca Arnold (Head Delegate) *Awarded Honorable Mention - representative of Dominican Republic to UN Security Council 

11th Grade

  • Lena Martinez
  • Mary Gahagan *Awarded Honorable Mention – role of Mohammad Farhadi, Iranian Minister of Science, Research, & Technology 
  • Madilyn Leahy
  • Austin Brown
  • Jay Collins
  • Jack Guerre
  • Cora Bessette *Awarded Honorable Mention - representative of Pakistan to UN Committee on Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Issues
  • Shelby Floehr
  • Kaitlin Goudreau

9th Grade

  • Tanner George
  • Kendall Liverpool
  • Zach Stickney *Awarded Verbal Commendation - representative of Pakistan to UN Special Session on Sustainable Development Goals

We are very proud of their work and their role in representing SMR! For more information about the Model UN Club, please contact Mr. Leif Liberg at or Mr. Drew Wildes at


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