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2019 MUN

Model UN 2019 Excels Once Again

We always say our most recent Model UN (MUN) was the best yet. And it was!  Thanks to Chair Ed Leland’s inspiring leadership and a multitude of NCWA members donating their time and money, we continue to be, according to the school coaches, one of the best competitions they attend. We were told this year that ours is better organized than any other competition, including those at the Ivies. We know that is because we have the devoted Beth Foss showing us the way every year. 

We also have Jim Schmotter and his team of readers plowing through nearly 200 position papers to whittle them down to the top six. Then we have Greg Hudson providing the 1stprize of $1000, and Janet Markel providing the 2ndprize of $500 in her daughter Barbara’s memory followed by some very generous cash awards provided by NCWA. The work the readers do takes a great deal of time, and we are most grateful for their dedication, year after year. 

Nancy Wallace is in charge of recruiting and training all the wonderful folks that pitch in as registrars and greeters to the annual MUN conference. We send a big thank you to Nancy and all of her assistants, many of whom return to help us serve lunch each day. 

We are in debt to so many of our members provide scholarships to the top students. 

They include a $3000 donation from Iqbal and Shelby Mamdani for two scholarships, Maureen O’Gorman $2500 in memory of her husband Thomas, Deborah and Frank Wyman a $2500 scholarship, Ron and Marianne Gymer $2500, Gregor Zore & Edith Hunt $2500 and Robert King $2500. David and Beverly Worthington contributed a $2000 scholarship and, Dick Clemens $2000 towards the Ralph J. Bunch Scholarship. the George Gotschall Memorial Fund provide a $1500 scholarship and the Frank Steere Fund a $1500 one. Art and Sue Bookbinder annually donate $500 towards the Ralph Bunch scholarship, Mickey & Mo donate $300 and Jan & Mike Johnson $200. The combination of Ralph Bunch donations creates the top prize of a $3000 scholarship. And we cannot forget the Kapnick Family Foundation that donated $5000 each year to offset our expenses. A list of all the awards presented can be found at

We had our usual special contest this year and although we only had three schools make a submission, their plans for how to overcome the problem we presented were so outstanding that we had two first-place winners and one second-place winner. Anyone who is interested in the problem and these submissions can email mowinograd973@gmail.comfor electronic copies of it all. The prizes for this competition were provided from a fund created by Howard and Nancy Cohen, Mickey and Mo Winograd and Pat Cacho. 

We further give a shout out to Shane Broadstone, President of SWFLMUN at FGCU and Hanna Nussair, Vice President. They produced an especially well-trained team of Chairs and Vice Chairs for each committee this year. Hats off to them and their crew. 

We also applaud our fabulous crew of judges. (pictured below) It is these experienced and sophisticated individuals that make the NCWA Model UN stand apart. Student delegates tell us they really step up their game because they want to impress our judges. This photo gives a sense of the intensity of both effort and joy that the competition engenders.  

Nothing catches better the spirit of Model UN than the photo below, as students from Cape Coral High School experience the “thrill of victory!”

Thanks again to everyone who made this the best Model UN ever! 

Mo Winograd, Co-Vice Chair, MUN

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