Model UN participated and won awards at the Chicago International Model United Nations conference


Yu-Lin Yang

Students from schools all over Illinois attended the Chicago International Model United Nations conference on Dec. 10-13. Central sent 13 delegates with seven leaving the conference with awards from the various committees they joined.

Model UN is a place to debate and engage in real world problems. During Dec. 10-13, Central’s Model UN club attended the annul CIMUN conference or Chicago International Model United Nations. Out of the 13 participants, seven won awards, a record for the school at a single conference.

“It was really intense,” said Yu-Lin Yang, senior. “We had committee sessions that lasted up to five and a half hours, and after a two hour break, there was another four hour committee. For some individuals, the CIMUN staff woke up delegates at 1 or 2 a.m. for a midnight crisis, to simulate an actual midnight crisis in the United Nations. All the delegates were treading on with barely any sleep, but overall, I think everyone had a good time.”

The actual aim of the conference is to simulate a UN meeting.  “We sat in committee for basically the whole weekend and tried to solve…world issues,” said Mita Ramani, senior.

All of the attendees had a blast outside of the committee sessions they had to attend. They were able to hang out with their fellow classmates and even meet new people.

“Some of the coolest people I’ve met have come from CIMUN,” said Rohith Balasu, senior. “One person I met last year is one of my closest friends. It’s amazing how when we as highschoolers are trying to solve real-world problems that we actually find people who think just like us. I think that’s what makes Model UN a special club; it’s a place full of insight and fun.”