From January 23-27, 2019, Jackson Hole students attended their first ever overseas Model UN trip at the MUN Bilbao Conference in Bilbao, Spain. Over 450 students from 10 countries participated in the conference, including delegations from England, Belgium, France, Germany, Albania, and Cameroon. Sixteen students from Jackson Hole High School, Jackson Hole Community School, and Journeys School competed as one delegation led by InterConnections 21.
Students spent four days in committee sessions debating their assigned countries’ positions on multiple topics and devising practical solutions to real-world problems. Our committee assignments this year included the Special Conference on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the World Health Organization, the Human Rights Committee, and the Security Council. During a few brief breaks in the action, students were able to explore the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum, tour the historic Casco Viejo, and taste the Basque country’s famous pintxos and other delicious food.
Our students proudly represented Jackson Hole as one of only two delegations from the U.S. at the entire conference. Despite traveling the greatest distance, we led the conference with Best Delegate or Outstanding Delegate winners in five out of our eight committee assignments! Special congratulations go out to award winners: Rosalie Daval, Best Delegate (Indonesia – Security Council); Warren Levy, Best Delegate (Indonesia – Human Rights Committee); Samantha Smith, Best Delegate (Indonesia – Economic and Social Committee); Darcy Mueller, Best Delegate (Pakistan – Disarmament and International Security Committee); and Maleah Tuttle, Outstanding Delegate (Democratic Republic of the Congo – Special Committee on the SDGs). Congratulations to all of the students on a fantastic trip!