A delegation of 12 Marksmen and two teachers traveled to Connecticut to participate in Yale University’s 44th Model United Nations Conference over the weekend of January 18–21. The event drew more than 1,500 student “ambassadors” from all over the world who converged in New Haven to represent individual countries and model the actual interactions and debate that take place inside the United Nations.
In their first out-of-state conference, Marksmen represented Iran, India, and Palestine in various Committees and organizations. As “ambassadors” of their respective countries, the boys did their best to put forward the interests of their governments in negotiations meant to address various global problems, including nuclear arms proliferation, climate change, and stateless refugees.
“The Yale MUN was certainly the high point of our Model UN Club this year,” said David Fisher, Chair of St. Mark’s History Department and Model UN sponsor. “Our boys, many of whom were freshmen, learned a lot about the standards and expectations of major Model UN events, improved their understanding of global affairs, and experienced the attractions of one of America’s best-known university campuses.”
In addition to attending their committees, drafting resolutions, and making speeches, students toured New Haven, listened to a college-admissions talk, and built up a tolerance for the New England winter climate.
The St. Mark’s Model UN Club is led by “Secretary General” Mohit Signal ’18. The Club may still attend more local conference in the spring and is looking to organize on-campus events for younger students. Boys interested in international affairs and public speaking are encouraged to consider joining St. Mark’s Model UN.
St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.