ROCK HILL, S.C. - Three South Carolina high schools were awarded top honors March 30 at the 31st Annual Model United Nations at Winthrop University.
Held March 28-30 in Tillman Hall, the program involved hundreds of students representing nearly 30 high schools from North and South Carolina. An awards ceremony Friday afternoon capped two days of deliberations over world events centered around this year’s theme of “Sustaining the Environment in an Ever-Changing World.”
Northwestern High School of Rock Hill, whose team represented the United States, took the Winthrop Cup for best all-around high school. Fort Mill High School of Fort Mill, S.C., representing Denmark and France, captured the Secretariat Award for contributing the most to the success of the conference. The Geoffrey Bruce Award for the delegation acting most in character of its country went to the James F. Byrnes High School team from Duncan, S.C., representing Ghana.
Top committee performers in the Legal Committee were: Hudson Hamrick, Northwestern High, U.S.A.; Ray Olang, Fort Mill High, Algeria and Matt Londergan, Pinewood Preparatory School, Bangladesh. For the Political and Security Committee, the standouts were: Ari Lipsitz, Charlotte Country Day, Zimbabwe; Andrew Barber, James F. Byrnes High School, Ghana; and Olivia Reburn, Northwestern High School, U.S.A.
In the Social and Humanitarian Committee, recognition was given to Sally Horne, Rock Hill High, Bolivia; Jennifer Collins, Fort Mill High, Denmark; and Jordan Smith, James F. Byrnes High School, Ghana. Standouts in the General Assembly were Matt Londergan, Pinewood Preparatory School, Bangladesh; Tyler Remsen, Fort Mill High, France; and Nichole Shelly, Indian Land High, North Korea.
The United Nations Environmental Programme committee members recognized for their work were Benjamin Simpson, Northwestern High, Turkey; Rebekah Nesbit, Fort Mill High, France; and Brielle Weinstein, Pinewood Preparatory, Egypt. The Security Council award winners were: William Cameron Pruette, Northwestern High, U.S.A.; Nathan Folks, Indian Land High, Peru; and Sarah Phillips, Fort Mill High, Denmark.