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Spanish Model UN

Spanish Model UN

April 21, 2017



"While representing Saudi Arabia, Nic Figueroa (in white) and Pedro Ochoa, both of Benilde-St. Margaret’s, laughed during a light moment at the Spanish-language model United Nations. Even if the students spoke Spanish at home, the conference gave them a chance to use their language in a new setting."

For the second year, Benilde-St. Margaret's Spanish students attended the Spanish Model UN conference here in Minnesota on Tuesday, April 18. It is the only Spanish simulation in the U.S. There were a total of 300 students including 40 from BSM. Red Knights participated and represented various countries speaking as their delegates and proposing solutions to the refugee crisis.

As part of their preparations, Mr. McMerty-Brummer's class hosted a speaker by the name of Arbresha Ibraimi to talk with the students about the format and procedures of the simulation. Ibraimi also shared her story of immigrating to the U.S. and her memory of her family housing refugees in Albania when she was young.

In addition, students spent months researching with their partners on the laws and regulations of their country. Red Knights selected their countries varying from westernized countries to third world countries. They were met with the challenge to figure out how their country fit into the equation of the refugee crisis and what practical solutions they could propose to the council. 

“This challenged students whose countries may not agree on some solutions. For example, taking in refugees - not every country will allow this. They were required to defend their country as if it were their own and did it all in Spanish,” Mr. McMerty-Brummer said. 

This was the first year the program was expanded. Students worked directly with Latino executives and professionals including speakers from the Mexican Council and vice presidents/presidents of major companies. Student participants had the opportunity to attend "executive lunches" with these influencers. 

Congratulations to Theo Pohlen ('21) and Frankie Lynch ('20) who earned the award for "best use of Spanish" for their committee. Read more about the event highlighted in the Star Tribune here. #BSMProud



UPDATE: May 18, 2017


The director of the Spanish MUN program visited the Hispanohablantes classes on Monday, May 15 to share the awards for the best position papers (research papers). 

Last year our students won two of the three awards and this year we won all three awards! The following students won awards for representing their respective countries:

Cecilia Obetz ('20) & Lily Ziaja ('20)
Brooks Carver ('20) & Jasper Matz ('20)
Jimena McMerty-Brummer ('20) & Elizabeth Valley ('20)

The director was so impressed with our students' papers this year, that she created a new category - "sobresaliente"  - above and beyond - and presented this award to the following students:

Sophia Williamson ('21) & Kelly Dempsey ('20)
Theodore Pohlen ('21) & Peter (Frankie) Lynch ('20)

Please congratulate the students if you see them! #BSMProud
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