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The University of Wyoming Model United Nations team won the "Best Delegation" award for the fifth consecutive year at the recent Far West Model United Nations (FWMUN) competition.
At the four-day, 11-team event in San Francisco, UW represented the countries of Belgium and Indonesia in simulations for the Security Council, the General Assembly, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
The agenda for the FWMUN included issues such as serving the special needs of Africa, eradicating poverty, empowering women and protecting the rights of the elderly and disabled.
The 12-student UW delegation was led by Travis Beach, Castle Rock, Colo. He was joined by Kelyn Anker, Littleton, Colo.; Ashley Cobb, Pine Bluffs; Casey Dschaak, Belle Fourche, S.D.; Colin Gerstner, Billings, Mont.; Drew Hill, Riverton; Tera Laub, Kemmerer; Jacob Mickelsen, Laramie; Tatyana Minorskaya, Cheyenne; Kelly Nickel, Parker, Colo.; Timothy Pearse, Laramie; and Russian exchange student Denis Yulin.
Stephanie Anderson, a professor in UW's Department of Political Science, serves as academic adviser for the university's Model UN program. In the course, Anderson says students learn about the functioning, politics and procedures of the United Nations and discuss current security, development, environmental and human rights issues.