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March 16, 2013

Decade of diplomacy

Ken East Model UN team wins competition for 10th year in a row


Tonawanda News — ”They always tell us it’s like a sprint, and I think it’s very true,” senior Andrea Decker said, but “We realized regardless of what the results were ... we knew what we were doing. I would not have changed anything about how I prepared for it.”

Senior Nate Weller jokingly cited “the intimidation effect” prior team members can have on newcomers.

”My first year doing it, we made sure to do a lot of research ... because they scared us,” he said. “We don’t want to be the team that breaks the streak.”

All of the group, however, acknowledge that they’ve learned a lot during the process, from current events to dealing with others.

”I’ve learned a whole lot of things ... everything,” said senior Laura Werwinski. “Time management, how to speak in front of people, how to work with people, how to take rejection well.”

Morgann O’Brochta, a senior, said the research also opens students’ eyes to culture differences and issues in the world.

”It’s really hard to find resolutions to problems, and there are no easy answers,” she said. “There always has to be give and take.”

However, she said, there’s nothing like going into the competition and realizing how much you’ve learned. 

”You don’t really know how much you really know. And then you realize ... you do.”

Knab said the event is all about challenging the students, who have met that challenge with 10 years of success.

”I think it’s because the kids who do it care to do it well,” he said. “It’s not easy. I don’t remember being as focused and mature and capable as my Model UNers are. Sometimes the level of conversation I’m having with these kids ... hydroelectric dams in Afghanistan and turbines and is this a way to get Afghanistan on the road to a future that isn’t like its past ... They come back with things that I never knew in my life. 

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