Model UN team named "Distinguished Delegation" at New York conference

Model UN team named "Distinguished Delegation" at New York conference
April 24, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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The growing call for a thaw in United States’ relations with one of its Central America neighbors did not begin with the group of Benedictine University students representing Cuba at the National Model United Nations in New York March 30-April 3. But the Benedictine students certainly made an impression on their fellow delegates. The Cuba Delegation to the 2009 National Model United Nations (N.M.U.N.) – comprised of 11 Benedictine University students – was awarded “Distinguished Delegation” by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) during closing ceremonies April 3 at the United Nations’ Great Hall. The NCCA bestows three levels of awards at the nation’s largest Model United Nations simulation – Honorable Mention, Distinguished Delegation and Outstanding Delegation. Last year’s Angola delegation comprised of 16 Benedictine University students also received a Distinguished Delegation award. Benedictine University sent two delegations to New York this spring. Eleven students represented Cuba and 11 represented the Domincan Republic. “Our students performed admirably across the board,” said Joel Ostrow, chairman of the Department of Political Science at Benedictine University. “This award placed the Cuba delegation in the top 10 percent of delegations participating in the conference, but there was nothing identifiable separating the performance of both Benedictine delegations.” The Cuba delegation was led by head delegate Jennifer Amy Erickson, the daughter of Daniel and Colleen Erickson of Lockport; and Adnan Mujagic, the son of Sabahudin and Elma Mujagic of Naperville. The 11 members of the Cuba delegation were: Payam Abbassian, the son of Mehrdad and Victoria Abbassian of Burr Ridge; Aude Bauduin of Marcorignan, France; Ismail Dogar, the son of Jahangeer and Nuzhat Dogar of Lombard; and Kristen Marie Droste, the daughter of Patrick and Deborah Droste of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cuba delegates also included: Michael Guerreiro of Montfermeil, France; Kelly Katzmayr, the daughter of Robin Katzmayr of Naperville; Tina Minh Nguyen, the daughter of Kim Dao of Glendale Heights; James Thompson, the son of James and Cheryl Thompson of Bolingbrook; and Amy Zayed, the daughter of Jihad and Elizabeth Zayed of Glendale Heights. The 11 members of the Dominican Republic Delegation were: Zachary Augustine, the son of John and Betty Augustine of Marksville, La.; Fizzah Bhatti, the daughter of Naeem Bhatti of Zion and Gul E Mirza of Naperville; Monica Brar, the daughter of Kaur and Charanjit Brar of Downers Grove; and Julie Colomby of Les Cabannes, France. Dominican delegates also included: Sara Elizabeth Cunningham, the daughter of Jerry and Linda Cunningham of Wheaton; Elizabeth A. George, the daughter of Floyd and Ellen George of Yorkville; Jessica Ann Hernandez, the daughter of Sherry Pawlikowski of Chicago; Hyun Ji Kim of South Korea; and Nicholas Mostardo, the son of Mark and Nancy Mostardo of Bartlett. Also, William O’Brien, son of William and Brenda O’Brien of Mokena; and Adrianna Catherine Saccone, the daughter of Louis D. Saccone of Downers Grove and Jacquelyn Mangus of Downers Grove.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.