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While most students were enjoying the short two-day week before Thanksgiving, those were two of the busiest days for the Montana Model United Nations team. However, of the 18 Sentinel students who were to participate in the two-day state-wide competition, only a handful were admitted into the competition.
MMUN is a two-day simulation competition held annually at the University of Montana to help students understand how the United Nations works. Students represent countries, and must work together to solve world problems by drafting resolutions and debate.
Prior to the event, students had to submit a position paper through the online dropbox to be eligible to participate. However, not all of Sentinel's submissions were received, and most of the team was unable to compete or be considered for awards.
"They didn't get all of our position papers accepted appropriately," adviser Ezra Shearer said.
Many students, as well as Shearer, feel greatly frustrated by this turn of events, as it hindered those who worked hard on their position papers from presenting and working with countries.
"My position paper actually went through, even though we all turned them in at the same time," sophomore participant Nash Sauter said.
After a review of the technical error, on Dec. 1, 2017, Sentinel students were awarded the following:
Position Paper Awards:
Zoe Beck- Honorable Position Paper
Stuart Christiansen- Distinguished Position Paper
Zachary Tonnerre - Distinguished Position Paper
Zoe Beck- Honorable Delegate
Maddie Braun - Distinguished Delegate
Nash Sauter - Distinguished Delegate
Ethan Seiler - Distinguished Delegate
Zachary Tonnerre - Distinguished Delegate
"It was cool collaborating with other countries and learning about what was important to them," Braun said.