On Saturday, Epsom’s debaters took part in the fourth Model United Nations conference of the year, this time hosted at Guildford High School.
The eight Epsom students formed two teams – one representing the United Kingdom and the other Nepal.
The UK team consisted of seasoned debaters who won the top award of the day for Best Delegation. Congratulations to Dejan Filipas (Year 10, Forest), John Gartside (Year 10, Propert), Annabel English (Year 9, Crawfurd), Faris Jafar (Lower Sixth, Granville) and Selim Ardac (Lower Sixth, Granville) who led a dominating performance in the General Assembly, faced with a major crisis of G7 leaders held hostage by pirates in the South China Sea, to secure their position as Best Delegation.
John Gartside and Faris Jafar received ‘Outstanding Delegate’ awards for their performances in the debates and Annabel English received the ‘Highly Commended Delegate’ award. Topics included how to combat the financing of terrorism; money laundering; and how to reduce sexual violence in conflict areas.
The Nepal team formed of Year 10 Robinson boys Rupert Metcalfe, Daniel Clatworthy and Timofey Lomizov were very successful despite this being one of their first conferences, they did an amazing job of projecting their voices in their respective committees and in the General Assembly.
Dejan Filipas said of the experience: “The MUN conference at GHS proved not only to be a way for us to learn about pressing world issues and how different countries were affected by them, but also proved to be a very fun experience, where everyone enjoyed themselves and I am proud of us all for doing so well and taking home so many prizes.”
Congratulations to all delegates, we look forward to hosting our own MUN conference at the College this weekend.