Model United Nations team awarded Distinguished Delegation at national conference 

The Hastings College Model United Nations team recently competed at its annual conference, the National Model UN Conference (NMUN), where it was recognized as one of the conference’s Distinguished Delegations. This award is presented to the top 10% of all teams that participate.

Certificate for Model UN award.NMUN is usually held in New York City, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the conference was held virtually. This did not stop teams from participating, as Hastings College students competed among thousands of other students from across the globe.

At the conference, the team was asked to represent three countries, including the United States on the Security Council, Australia on the United Nations Development Programme and Uzbekistan on six committees, including the UN General Assembly.

The Model UN team, which is coached by Dr. Sabina Hilaiel, negotiates with other delegations on each committee to compose resolutions so as to attract as many signatories as possible, all while trying to reflect the real-world policy preferences of the country they are representing.

Team members come from multiple academic disciplines across campus, including students majoring in history, political science, international relations, communications, business administration, English, education, criminology and others.

Team members this academic year include:

Head Delegates: 

  • Jaydn Smith of Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Emma Redinger of Hastings, Nebraska

Team Members:

  • Allison Banks of Shawnee, Kansas
  • Aidan Buryska of Owatonna, Minnesota
  • Victoria Caplinger of Effingham, Kansas
  • Allison Knowles of Papillion, Nebraska
  • Taylor Lipinski of Grayslake, Illinois
  • Courtney Manahan of Strasburg, Colorado
  • Lindsey Pratt of Denver, Colorado
  • Maggie Price of Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Blake Tyrell of Parker, Colorado
  • Natalie Watson of Franklin, Tennessee
  • Cody Wilson of Strasburg, Colorado

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