Juniors Anushka Sikdar, Shivan Vipani, Amy Zhou, Raymond Peng and senior Bryce Fan won top honors in their respective committees by bringing home a gavel and the best delegate award. Juniors Gianna Barletta, Abhishek Bhatt, Tony Choung, Bernie Nguyen and sophomores Donghyun Jeong, Julian Meyer and Arman Abrashamchian won second-place awards in their committees. Thirteen other students placed third or won verbal commendations.
Students debated in a myriad of committees, ranging from the UN Security Council, Office of Drugs and Crime, Women and Disarmament & International Security.
"It's really fantastic to see how interest in the club is growing," Gianna Barletta, vice president of conference preparation, said. "Last year, we (had) only 30 delegates, but this year, we (had more than) 50."
World history teacher Michael Leitz and AP human geography teacher Nathan Parrish are the team's advisers.
The Model UN team travels across the state for multiple conferences during the year. In addition to the Contra Costa County Model UN conference, the team attends conferences at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Stanford and California High School for East Bay Model United Nations, a conference Foothill co-hosts with Cal High. Anyone interested in Model UN is encouraged to attend meetings every Monday during lunch in C-6.
Story based on press release by Bryce Fan