PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh’s Model United Nations Club has proven that having fun and achieving greatness are not mutually exclusive.
Last month, the group was awarded the Best Large Delegation title at the fourth-annual Cornell International Affairs Conference at Cornell University in Ithaca.
“I was pretty excited, obviously, because it’s a huge accomplishment,” club President Shirin Mehri said.
Of SUNY Plattsburgh’s 14 regular Model U.N. Club members, 12 attended the conference, making the group the smallest of the large delegations at the event.
In total, more than 65 delegates from eight schools, including McGill and Pennsylvania State universities, took part in the four-day affair.
Although SUNY Plattsburgh’s club had participated in the conference in previous years, this was the first time any of its current members, some of whom are freshman, had attended.
It is also the first time the college has won a Best Delegation award.
“We were very pleasantly surprised, especially because the schools that we go up against ... are big-name schools, and then we’re called up as the best large delegation,” said Adam Saccardi, vice president of the club. “I mean, it’s just not something we were expecting.
“We’re honored, and we’re privileged.”
The award, he noted, is given to the delegation with the highest proportion of individual awards to delegates.
Contributing to SUNY Plattsburgh’s success were Ben Rosner and Kevin Clayton, each of whom received Best Delegate awards, the highest individual recognition given at the event.
In addition, Shaun Reardon received an Honorable Mention for his portrayal of a senator in the conference’s Supreme Council of the Roman Empire committee.
While some of the conference’s committees challenged delegates to cope with situations taking place in the past, others presented futuristic scenarios.
Saccardi was assigned to represent the United Kingdom on the United Nations Security Council during a post-nuclear apocalypse.