Model UN team named

Model UN team named
March 30, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Maybe we should turn world politics over to college students. The French Delegation to the 2007 National Model United Nations – comprised of 27 Benedictine University students – was awarded Outstanding Delegation, the highest honor given by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) during closing ceremonies March 24 at the United Nations’ Great Hall. The NCCA bestows three levels of awards at the nation’s largest Model United Nations simulation – Honorary Mention, Distinguished Delegation and Outstanding Delegation. Benedictine University has won several honorary mention awards in the past, but has never been recognized as one of the top handful of schools. “Our team was consistently rated as the most prepared and skilled at ‘remaining in character’ as French diplomats by all of the 16 committees on which our students sat, at participating in committee to arrive at solutions to a myriad of complex global problems, and as mastering the rules of procedure at the conference,” said Joel Ostrow, chairman of the Department of Political Science at Benedictine University. “Other students routinely stopped me in the hall to express how much they enjoyed working with them,” Ostrow said. The Benedictine team also received an Outstanding Position Paper Award. Each delegation submits position papers in advance of the conference to each committee on which it sits. The award recognizes excellence in writing style, substantive content, consistency with the country’s true position and strength of analysis of the complex issues. Members of the 2007 Benedictine University Model United Nations Delegation (France) were: head delegate Amina Waheed (College Prep School of America), daughter of Mohamed and Rafath Waheed of Lombard; head delegate Jennifer Anne Muskovin (Plainfield Central H.S.), daughter of Steven and Roseann Muskovin of Bolingbrook; and Laura Elizabeth Baier (Benet Academy), daughter of Terry and Mary Baier of Downers Grove. Also, Caroline E. Benjamin (Maine East H.S.), daughter of Edmond and Jane Benjamin of Des Plaines; Julie Bigorgne of Eyguierres, France; Amy Therese Boruta (Jones College Prep), daughter of Kenneth and Sharon Boruta of Chicago; Virginie Boule of Rennes, France; and Seemi Choudhry (Rosary H.S.), daughter of Taussef and Tallat Choudhry of Lisle. Other members were: Mitchell Robert Davis (Glenbard South H.S.), son of Terry and Susan Davis of Glen Ellyn; Andre G. DePalma (College of DuPage), son of Pasquale and Joann DePalma of Glen Ellyn; Lisa Ann Darnell (Addison Trail H.S.), daughter of Richard Darnell of Addison; and Jennifer Amy Erickson (Lockport Township H.S.), daughter of Daniel and Colleen Erickson of Lockport. Also, Ayesha N. Farooq (College Prep School of America), daughter of Mohammed and Lubna Farooq of Burr Ridge; Sadaf Fatani (College of DuPage), daughter of Mohammad and Shahnaz Fatani of Villa Park; Earine Forget of Montpellier, France; and Sharif Ahmed Hassanein (Naperville Central H.S.), son of Ahmed and Clara Hassanein of Naperville. Other members were: Nida Hussain (Glenbard East H.S.), daughter of Sadiq and Nazli Hussain of Lombard; Baqir Abbas Lakhani (Naperville Central H.S.), son of Ali and Zehra Lakhani of Naperville; Brittany Rose Lawler (Waubonsie Valley H.S.), daughter of James and Susan Lawler of Naperville, and Stephany Mirelez (Lockport Township H.S.), daughter of Noel and Rachel Mirelez of Lockport. Also, Noorjabeen Naseer (College of DuPage), daughter of Syed and Zubaidunnisa Naseer of Wheaton; Florian Olid of Sete, France; Michael James Owens (College of DuPage), son of James Owens of Lawrenceville, N.J. and Kristin AlGhoul of Lombard; and Kathryn Grace Ross (College of Lake County), daughter of Phillip and Christine Ross of Mundelein. Other members were: Fadi K. Shihadeh (Downers Grove South H.S.), daughter of Kamil and Dolly Shihadeh of Downers Grove; Michael R. (Sean) Ward (Nazareth Academy), son of Michael and Morricanne Ward of Downers Grove; and Stephen Michael Woodcock (College of DuPage), son of Stephen and Bethany Woodcock of Gordonville, Pa.


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.