Baylor Model United Nations Team Receives Awards at State Conference

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March 8, 2013

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WACO, Texas (March 8, 2013) - Representing the nations of Russia, Rwanda and Togo, members of Baylor University's Model United Nations team received awards at the inaugural Howard Payne Model United Nations Security Council simulation held March 1 through March 2 in Brownwood, Texas.

Seven Baylor students participated in the conference, researching emergency responses to a simulated terrorist attack on oil pipelines and how the global economy would be affected. Laura Beth Hooper and Ryan Hebert won "Outstanding Delegation" for their representation of the Russian Federation. Honorable mentions for "Best Delegate" went to Laaron Backry and Matt Demond for their representation of Togo and Rwanda, respectively. Additionally, Backry earned an honorable mention with Vanessa Azodo for their policy memo representing the delegation of Togo. Cagney McCauley, the assistant head delegate of Baylor's team, served as a chair for the conference.

"While the learning experience is always the most important part of these conferences, it is an honor for our students to be recognized for their excellent performance," said Rebecca Flavin, lecturer of political science in the College of Arts & Sciences and faculty adviser for Baylor's team. "The seven students who attended the conference represented Baylor well, and I'm proud of each of them. It's especially noteworthy that for five of the seven students, this was their first collegiate MUN conference."

Members of the team will travel next to New York City, where 17 Baylor students will represent the nations of Slovakia and South Africa at the National Model United Nations Conference, March 23 through March 28. This is one of the largest and most prestigious conferences in collegiate Model United Nations.

For further information about Baylor Model United Nations, please contact Rebecca Flavin by e-mail at

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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