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December 17, 2019 - Seven King’s College students and a faculty member moderator participated in a Model United Nations program held recently at the University of Erfurt in Germany. 

Six of the seven students represented Slovakia at the four-day conference, which consisted of working in committees, caucuses, and general assemblies.  The students also submitted position papers reflecting Slovakia’s position on certain topics prior to the conference.  The students also strategized about which other countries might likely agree with their positions on the position paper topics, thus trying to build a coalition on those issues.

Two students, Jordan Conner (Mifflinville) and Allison Moyer (Mountain Top), won an award for best position paper submitted for the General Assembly Plenary.  The other students receiving best position paper in the same category were from the University of Arkansas, Wichita State University, New Mexico State University and two German universities.

Prior to the start of the formal sessions, students participated in cultural tours to the Point Alpha Memorial, which marked a US observation post on the border between East and West Germany; Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther translated the Bible into German; and Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

Pictured seated, from left, is Conner; Moyer; Katie Van Orden (Luzerne) and Ethan Szczecinski (Shavertown) who served on the Internationa Atomic Energy Agency.

Pictured standing, from left, is Aytron Omoigui (Jefferson City, Missouri), who represented Uganda in the General Assembly Plenary; Damien Farrell (Wilkes-Barre) head delegate, Dr. Margarita Rose, professor of economics who accompanied the students on the trip; and Issa Dahdal (Shavertown).  Farrell and Dahdal served on the Human Rights Council.