We’re at the airport We’re staying hydrated
Waitingboardingcatching some ZZZ
Seniors take an Econ test before the conference begins. Now that’s a strong work ethic!Mugging for the lobby Jumbotron
Dinner at Jerusalem Cafe Shachar arrives in her chariot
On Broadway seeing “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Some of our students were able to get Jeff Daniels’ autograph! It was a memorable performance.
The delegates had a late start today with tefillah at 10:15, followed by bagels. We hopped on the subway down to SOHO for lunch and shopping. We ate at Mochaburger, where many of us had “impossible burgers “. This vegan item is a strategic choice as it allows one to have ice cream for dessert. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
The faculty hung out at a used bookstore While the kids shopped
While taking the subway on a cold windy day
Back at the hotel spirits are high as preparation for the opening ceremony begins!😬
Rookies are ready with the guidance of the presidents
Freshmen are full of excited anticipation Sophomores want to get in there and get started
Juniors are calm and confident
Ah, the Seniors! It’s bittersweet to see the excitement of the freshmen, knowing it’s their last conference together
The women of MUN are fierce
Don’t even think about messing with this woman!
And the MUN men are good looking
It’s all in the family
The presidents have confidence in their team
So let the games begin!
This morning the team went to the Pakistani consulate where we met with the under secretary of the Pakistani delegation to the UN. He gave us a brief history of the conflict with India, then took questions from our delegates. He candidly and graciously answered any and all questions, ranging from LGBQT rights to nuclear proliferation, to climate change. Our delegates were deeply engrossed in the conversation.
THEN… back to a four hour session, followed by a second four hour session tonight! Diplomacy never rests and neither do we.
At the break the teachers slip out to Rockefeller Center 😯CRISIS!
Our crisis team members were called to emergency meetings late last night. After hours of anxious negotiations the crisis was averted, though at one point 500,000 troops were almost deployed!
Peace reigns once again!
We begin each day with tefillah. Noam led today
Followed by New York bagels as big as a child’s head.
Back to work solving the world’s problems
We celebrated Shabbat at the Or Olam Synagogue on 55th St with the Posner School, the only other Jewish day school competing in NHYSMUN. The delegates were relieved to have finished the arduous work, but were anxious to hear the team standings.
BUT, by the end of the day we knew:
BEN LESCH got an Award of Distinction in Historical Crisis Committee!
AND, Brian Silverstein won an Award of Distinction in Crisis Committee!AND, Jason Ross won an Award of Excellence in the International Atomic Energy Agency!
AND, BOTH Betsy Winick AND Ethan Harris won Awards of Merit for the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court! All rise for judges Winick and Harris !
We also found out that the following folks were chosen to speak on behalf of their committees at the Plenary Session on Saturday morning at the UN!
Carly Winick and Jake Geiringer spoke for the Special Political and Decolonization Committee
Matt Weiss and Avital Strauss spoke for the World Bank
Coby Resnick and Rachel Cope spoke for the UN Peacebuilding Commission
David Levin and Koby Rosen spoke for the Historical Security Council
Brian Silverstein spoke for the Crisis Committee
And, Nitzan Aaron spoke for the Council of European Union
We awoke with the dawn and left at 6:45 am to walk to the UN. Spirits were high in spite of lack of sleep and nervous anticipation.
Being in the UN General Assembly room is like walking into history. To see our students at that famous podium is a beautiful glimpse of the future. All of us cheered as our delegates approached the podium and we felt proud to represent our school.
Our first surprise came when we won the team Award of Distinction for Research and Preparation. Although there are multiple team Awards of Distinction, there is only ONE Award of Distinction for Research and Preparation! Their English and History teacher sponsors are particularly proud of this achievement 🎉!!!
But wait! There’s MORE!
After an interminable wait through the list of team awards of merit and excellence we held our collective breath until…. we were once again called to the podium to receive a team Award of Distinction for THE FIFTH TIME IN A ROW! 🎉🎉🎉🌟🌟🌟🇮🇱🇮🇱🎉🎉🎉🌟🌟🌟
KUDOS TO OUR PRESIDENTS and TEAM!!
It was back to Or Olam for services and lunch with the congregation and the team from Posner.
Students were eager to collapse into bed in a heap of weariness, like St. Bernard puppies.
* Photo courtesy of Alex Bernat
Followed by a trip to Times Square, an annual celabatory stroll, and a pizza party.
A satisfying day indeed.
WE’RE ON OUR WAY HOME!!!
We got a 3-4 hours of sleep and we’re ready!