Model UN wins laurels at Stanford


Angela Wainright

Students pose during the Stanford Model UN conference.

Emerson Heath, Staff Writer

The Model United Nations team competed at Stanford University from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13. 

Twenty-two students traveled to California, and seven returned to Houston with laurels. Some of the recognitions included outstanding delegate, best research, verbal commendations and honorable mentions. 

Kinkaid has participated in the Stanford Model UN competition multiple times in recent years. It is the last competition of the fall semester.

 “We love it,” Mrs. Wainright said, “The students get to experience the Stanford college campus, and they get a real feel for what college life is.” 

There are multiple global issues debated in Model UN competitions. Some of the many topics discussed were paternal leave in Latin American countries, COVID protocols, human trafficking and international involvement in the war in Iran. 

The Model UN team collaborates with high school students from all over the United States. This allows students the opportunity to learn how to make connections and collaborate with new people.

“I had so much fun at Stanford,” sophomore Lilly Lucas said. “I was able to make many new friends from all over the US and learn about global issues I hadn’t heard of.”

Model UN lets students work together and come up with solutions. Though, there are committee chairs that can help students. 

“It was my first conference, and my chair helped me through my committee meetings,” Lucas said.

The Model UN team is composed of students from all grades in the Upper School and is a popular extracurricular on campus. Kinkaid Model UN is led by history teachers Ms. Angela Wainright and Ms. Tamasine Ellis.

“I have been working with Model UN for around 20 years,” Mrs. Wainright said. “I participated in Model UN before Kinkaid and I was excited to continue it here.” 

Next semester, students will compete at various in-state and out-of-state competitions including Harvard Model UN.