Model Organization Of American States Team Wins Best Delegation

Feb. 15, 2000

Baylor University's Model Organization of American States team earned the award for best overall delegation at the recent third annual Model Organization of American States Conference, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of San Antonio and the University of Incarnate Word. The 15-member team represented the country of Venezuela.

Teams from 20 colleges and universities throughout Texas and New Mexico and a team from the Universidad Regiomontana from Monterrey, Mexico, represented countries from the Organization of American States. Students acted as diplomats from various countries in North and South America and debated topics such as human rights, drug trafficking, international trade, democracy and the environment.

"Ambassador Ronald Goddard, a judge at the competition and a member of the OAS judiciary committee, told the General Assembly that he was so impressed by a resolution on anti-corruption sponsored by the Baylor delegation from the drug enforcement committee that he was carrying it back to the judiciary committee," said Dr. Joan Supplee, associate professor of history, director of the Latin American Studies program and team coach.

In addition to the team award, several students won individual awards. Trey Nixon, a graduate student from Charlotte, Texas, won the Most Effective Chair Person award; Omoniyi Omotoso, a senior from Lagos, Nigeria, received the Most Effective Delegate award for the drug enforcement committee; and Natalie Tapken, a junior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was recognized as the Most Effective Delegate on the trade and economic affairs committee.

Receiving honorable mentions as most effective delegates were Elizabeth Arosmena, a senior from Universal City; Marisa Montes, a senior from Harlingen; and Kathryn Connor, a sophomore from Coppell, Texas. Additionally, three students received commendation for their work as parliamentarians -- Jennifer Curry, a senior from Donna, Texas; David Ocamb, a sophomore from Oklahoma City; and Meredyth Childress, a freshman from Waxahachie.

The Baylor team will compete in April at the International MOAS competition in Washington, D.C.

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