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Historic EHSMUN Turn-Out at Franklin High School Model UN
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YUVANSH BAHRI ’27
The delegates head to lunch after nearly 3 hours of non-stop discussion.

On October 28, Edison High Model United Nations (EHSMUN) began the 2023–2024 competition year, sending 47 delegates to the Franklin High School Model United Nations Conference (FHSMUN), surpassing past delegation numbers.

“We have more than tripled our club membership from the previous year,” said co-Secretary General of EHSMUN Ishaan Shetty ‘24. “This growth was reflected at FHSMUN, as well. Seeing our growth and the delegates’ enthusiasm really excited me for future national-level conferences.”

Delegates spent the day debating various world issues in committees, including those like the World Health Organization, which discussed “Food Insecurity, Malnutrition, and Global Food,” and a reconstructed Historic United Kingdom Cabinet during The Troubles, a period of ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland. Over the course of the conference, delegates formed policy blocs and formulated detailed solutions, which were then voted on by the rest of the committee. At the end of the day, delegates were evaluated and awarded based on their leadership, communication, public speaking, and critical thinking skills.

Edison High left with an Outstanding Delegate award for Aditya Rao ‘26, a Best Delegate award for Chaithanyasri Krishnakumar ‘26, and two Most Improved awards for Vijeta Garg ‘27 and Cassandra Perera ‘27.

“As my first high school MUN conference, I found FHSMUN challenging and more competitive than previous conferences I’d been to,” said Garg, who participated in Model UN while in middle school. “But it was rewarding in the sense that I learned how to be a better delegate by seeing more experienced delegates around me.”

For delegates completely new to Model UN, FHSMUN was a glimpse into their futures in EHSMUN.

“I felt very good at my first conference even though I didn’t talk as much,” said Keshav Patel ‘27. “I still was able to understand what happens at a conference because of our meetings, and I hope to talk more in the future.”

“It brought new experiences for people who haven’t done MUN before, like me,” added Riya Patel ‘25. “It gets you out of your comfort zone since you’re speaking in front of and socializing with people you’ve never met before.”

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  • The UNEP drafting Resolution Papers, solutions to the problem discussed in each committee during an Unmoderated Caucus (Open Discussion).

  • UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program) Committee conversing about ocean acidification with fellow delegates.

  • UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees) during a Moderated Caucus, Discussing Climate Change & The Displacement Of Refugees.

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For more experienced delegates, FHSMUN served as a benchmark for their growth.

“While watching debate, I was amazed by the number of delegates pursuing bloc leadership and taking on Q&A rounds,” said Shetty.

For Samyuktha Nair ‘26, attending FHSMUN meant coming full circle as a delegate.

Personally, I felt very emotional attending FHSMUN this year. It was my very first conference in freshman year. I still remember my two chairs from last year, and how they helped me assimilate into Model UN.

— Samyuktha Vijayakumar Nair '26

This year, however, Nair needed no help getting into the swing of debate.

“This year, I felt that I could see my growth as a delegate, as I was able to lead my bloc, and make mature, well-thought-out points regarding my country’s stance,” said Nair. “Especially having taken a break from MUN over the summer, this was a great place to get back into the swing of things.”

“I felt proud. I worked hard for it, and I was just happy in the end that my hard work had paid off,” said Krishnakumar. “Some tips are to be confident, speak a lot, and move out of your comfort zone. Also, become a leader and try to be different from others in a significant and positive way.”

Overall, FHSMUN served as a looking glass into the rest of the Model UN year, exciting delegates for upcoming conferences like Princeton Model United Nations Conference (PMUNC) and Edison High’s own Model UN Conference (EHSMUNC).

“Seeing our newer delegates get heavily involved and even become bloc leaders in their FHSMUN committees makes me really look forward to the EHSMUNC,” said Shetty.

By the time EHSMUNC comes around, I know most of our delegates will be prepared to be true leaders.

— Ishaan Shetty '24

 

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ISHANI BAKSHI '26
ISHANI BAKSHI '26, News Editor
Ishani has been writing for the Eagle's Eye since the start of her freshman year. When she's not writing, she can be found debating in Model UN, reading, or baking.
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ADITYA RAO '26, Staff Writer
Aditya Rao is one of the staff writers of The Eagle's Eye and is in his sophomore year. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends, being active, and binging Netflix. At EHS, Aditya is part of the STEM Academy and enjoys participating in various clubs like MUN, Math Team, and Science Bowl.
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ABHIRAM VEMULA '26, Staff Writer
Abhiram Vemula is a sophomore who is greatly interested in Volleyball, traveling, and all things medical. He plays on the volleyball team for EHS and is a member of many clubs. Outside of school, he loves to play basketball, listen to music, and traverse Edison with his friends.
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