Nine Roeper upper school students and two directors attended the seventh Model United Nations of Goldberg 2014 Conference (MUNOG’14) at the Goldberg Gymnasium in Sindelfingen, Germany from Friday, October 17 through Tuesday, October 21. Roeper was the only school attending from North America, sending three of the fifty-seven delegations from twenty-six schools and seventeen countries all over the world including Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, England, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, Luxemburg, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Poland, and Germany. In addition to conference activity, Roeper students benefitted from the cultural experiences gained by visiting Stuttgart’s city center, Mercedes Museum, and staying with hosts from the nearby Herrenberg School.
The conference committees addressed resolutions including the NATO Fight against Terrorism, Combating Pandemic Diseases, Strengthening Local Economy of Post-Conflict States, Sexual Violence against Women and Girls and Integration of Disabled People in Developing Countries. MUN Director Mike Ruddy said, “Roeperdelegates were extremely active in their committees, with the three ambassadors instrumental in coordinating their nations’ policies.”
Roeper represented the nations of Nigeria, Indonesia, and United Arab Emirates, and were instrumental in helping write resolutions considered by six different committees, with three being debated in the General Assembly. Roeper Junior Isabel Ivanescu was chosen as one of only six participants for a panel discussion on the future of the Security Council veto at the Diplomats’ Soiree.
Roeper students were recognized for their leadership and realistic representation of the Republic of Nigeria and United Arab Emirates, and received the second greatest number of awards at the conference. Four Roeper students received “Honorable Mention” recognition: Ambassador Shawn Andersen, Joanne Ogundipe and Sophia Savas for Nigeria; and Isabel Ivanescu for United Arab Emirates. Other Roeper delegates participating were Alexander Raveane for Nigeria, and Ambassador Aaron Baker, Max Labe, Kamaria Wilson, and Courtney Fox for Indonesia.
Roeper teacher and director Ed Bergonzi noted “The trip was a great experience for the students and teachers–we were able to befriend, converse, and discuss with people from all over the world about topics that are extremely important. The collegiality of both students and teachers from various nations was particularly strong.”