Top Row (left to right): Henry Price, Jasym Mireles
Lone Star College hit its stride at the
National Model U.N.
conference in New York City. Eight honors students from LSC-Montgomery helped the college win the Outstanding Delegation Award for the second year in a row. Three LSC-Montgomery students, Hanna Brumbellow, Natalia Hazelwood and Lindsey Solis each won the prestigious individual award, Outstanding Delegate in Committee. Four LSC-Montgomery students, Emma Hudroge, Pradip Lamsal, Jasym Mireles, and Henry Price won position paper awards.
LSC represented the Republic of Chad. Other national and international colleges and universities at the event included Brigham Young University, Syracuse University-Maxwell School, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi, University of South Wales, and University of Ottawa.
“There was an extremely high level of competition at this conference,” said Hazelwood. “Our hard work showed LSC-Montgomery belongs among the top schools at National Model U.N. I was very proud to be a part of the LSC delegation.”
Unlike many other college and university students taking part in National Model U.N., LSC-Montgomery students do not receive academic credit. They do a large amount of research independently and commit to meeting with other LSC campuses every Friday afternoon for almost three hours.
“It is definitely a source of pride for our students,” said David Kennedy, LSC-Montgomery professor. “Our students are hungry to prove themselves and they are incredibly hard-working. We are fortunate to have funding to train and bring this group to New York to expose them to a large academic conference and students from around the world. The conference is a great opportunity for our honors students to learn hands-on skills in diplomacy.”
Brumbellow, Hazelwood and Solis were presented with their awards on the last day of the conference, which took place inside the U.N. headquarters.
“Headquarters is such a powerful room, it is like a cathedral,” said Brumbellow. “You are in there and you are thinking about the historic, important documents that have been passed. I kept thinking about the people whose chair I sat in. I thought about how they make important decisions with real-world consequences. The National Model U.N. Conference was unlike any educational experience I have ever had. It was phenomenal.”
Two freshmen, Mireles and Hudroge won an award for their position paper on renewable and sustainable energy. Lamsal and Price also won an award for their position paper on corruption and environmental governance. In preparation for the conference, students prepare sophisticated position papers on their committee assignments. These papers reflect extensive research into the historic and substantive backgrounds of U.N. committees, key topics addressed, and the positions of their represented country on these topics.
For more information about the Honors College at LSC-Montgomery or National Model U.N. contact David Kennedy at Charles.D.Kennedy@lonestar.edu.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
Known for its leadership, innovation and steadfast commitment to student success, Lone Star College provides high-quality academic transfer and workforce education / career training programs to more than 83,000 credit students each semester, and a total enrollment of 95,000 students. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to promote student success and economic prosperity. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, which consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.