Concord Academy Model United Nations (CAMUN) was hosted on campus on Saturday, April 2. The annual conference is known for its creative committees and professional atmosphere. This year, CA hosted 19 schools and over 200 delegates for a day of debate. Secretary-General Ishan Narra ’22 and the entire CAMUN staff have been working for months to put together a smooth, professional conference.
Staff arrived promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, prepared for a 9:00 a.m. official start. Delegates and school advisors were ushered into the Performing Arts Center where Ishan greeted the crowd and offered a few remarks on the day to come. A video was then played that introduced key staff members and each of the committees. The General Assembly about vaccine allocation and CRISPR technology was chaired by Sarah Collier ’22 and Allie Ehlinger ’22. The Security Council about the Sino-Indian border dispute was chaired by Libby Stott ’22 and Wyatt Fernandes ’22. The Human Rights Council about international reproductive rights was chaired by Emmy McCormack ’22 and Isabella-Marie Selden ’23. The three crisis committees were then introduced: The Death of Julius Caesar, chaired by Will Tran ’22; The 2000 Election: Bush vs. Gore, chaired by Under-Secretary-General (USG) of Materials Melanie Tapia ’22 and USG of Communications Shihab Moral ’22; and NASA’s Artemis Mission, chaired by Secretary-General Ishan Narra ’22 and Jarret Gath ’22. The conference quickly began as delegates were brought into their committee rooms scattered around LABS and the main school building.
The day was an overwhelming success. Committees ran unencumbered and safely, for the most part. Delegates were fierce and open-minded in their debate and policymaking. Delegates were well-prepared and worked with depth and detail about their positions. All of this was made possible by the entire staff and the Crisis Committee working diligently behind the scenes. Committees ran from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., after which participants had lunch in the Ransome Room. The final leg of the day consisted of committees running from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., after which everyone gathered in the chapel for an award ceremony.
Awards this year were especially difficult to give out given the strength of the delegates. The chairs came up to the podium and announced the award winners who promptly came to the stage to receive the physical award. The day concluded with Ishan reciting a final, inspiring monologue. He then declared that CAMUN 2022 officially adjourned.