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C of I students honored at National Model UN

The College of Idaho brought home two awards from the National Model United Nations Conference held Oct. 25-27 in Washington, D.C. The C of I team, representing the West African nation of Togo, was named an “Honorable Mention Delegation,” an award that placed the C of I in the top 25 percent of all participating delegations and continued a string of five consecutive award-winning national conferences for the team. Model UN delegations are awarded for successfully advocating their country’s positions, leading other delegations in negotiations, and properly using the rules of procedure.   

Two students – senior Courtney Indart and junior Cody Main – also were named “Outstanding Delegates” in their committee, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The award is the highest individual honor a delegate can receive, and only four of the 170 students representing more than 75 delegations in the ICPD committee were honored.

Indart and Main’s sponsored resolution on the topic of urbanization and development passed the committee on the final day with no dissent.  Outstanding Delegates are determined through peer voting and recognize students who emerge as respected diplomats and leaders during the three-day conference. Only one C of I student had received the honor previously.

Other C of I team members delivered speeches, wrote resolutions and cooperated with other delegations working on a range of difficult topics. Senior Joe Taylor, Head Delegate, served on the U.N. Security Council, where he helped lead deliberations on counter-terrorism and security crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Senior Matt Fouts and junior Julia Levy negotiated a measure to manage the destruction of chemical weapons on the General Assembly First Committee. Junior Annie Srivanich-Raper and senior Afsha Sethi, serving on the General Assembly Second Committee, worked on supporting entrepreneurship for development. And while working for the Food and Agriculture Organization, junior Morgan Thornberry negotiated measures to enhance food security as senior Maria Lynch and junior Madai Montes sponsored measures related to enhancing sustainable energy.

During the visit to Washington D.C., students also connected with a number of alumni who live and work in the area. David Bonine ’97 organized a tour of the U.S. Capitol through the office of Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), for whom he serves as Legislative Director, and Ben Thomas ’07 hosted a C of I alumni gathering at We the Pizza, Spike Mendelsohn’s pizza restaurant near the Capitol.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit