Hastings College Model U.N. team finds success in New York

The Hastings College Model United Nations team spent spring break competing in the National Model U.N. Conference in New York City. The group received a reward for their Position Paper, as well as an Honorable Mention award.

modelun 2018 wThe team represented the central African country of Gabon, and spent the months leading up to the conference learning about the country’s culture, government and policies. At the conference, team members engaged in debates and resolution-making while keeping in character and advocating Gabon’s interests in seven of the largest committees of the United Nations General Assembly.

More than 5,000 students from more than 120 colleges and universities around the world competed, with half of all participants coming from outside the United States. Model U.N. teams are awarded based on their ability to stay in character while representing their assigned countries, participation in committee discussions and proper use of the rules of procedure.

Awards are given to only the top 20 percent of delegations.

Participating students included:

  • Rebecca Riley (head delegate) – Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Victoria Harvey (head delegate) – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Aika Hughes – York, Nebraska
  • Jarred Russell – Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Kelly Kruse – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jaydn Smith – Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Taylor Lipinski – Chicago, Illinois
  • Amanda Hawthorn – Wilburton, Oklahoma
  • Abby Fearneyhough – Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Emma Redinger – Hastings, Nebraska


Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With more than 60 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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