Thousands of professionally dressed students rushed around the conference rooms waving hastily written resolutions in the air.
Aspiring diplomats of SJS gathered at the George R. Brown Convention Center Jan. 24-25 for the 38th Houston Area Model United Nations.
Over one thousand students from the Houston area attended, including 57 SJS students, making up 13 total committees.
“I thought it was a really interesting experience,” sophomore Benjamin Casillas said. “It was especially interesting to work together with people you don’t know to pass resolutions.”
The conference began with a speech from keynote speaker Teta Banks, President of the United Nations Association in Houston on the delegates’ striving towards peace and a better future.
After the opening ceremonies, the delegates split up into one of 13 committees, each dealing with specific topics. In these committees, delegates worked with delegations representing other countries to solve problems and propose resolutions.
“My favorite part was putting together resolutions that could possibly solve real-life problems,” freshman Chapman Caddell said.
The committees spent all day Thursday Jan. 24, and Friday morning, Jan. 25, discussing the issues assigned to them. Topics ranged from nuclear proliferation in the Middle East to developing sustainable energy.
“It has been fun to discuss things that impact, if not me personally, but other nations,” freshman Joe Faraguna said.
“My favorite parts were caucuses where each representative got to give a short spiel about their views,” sophomore Akshay Jaggi said. “It forced people to be concise and helped us come up with creative and innovative solutions.”
On Friday afternoon, the Houston Area Model United Nations committee held closing ceremonies and gave out awards.
Honorable mentions were given to Caddell and junior Jake Nyquist for their work on the Special Political and Decolonization committee and the Economic and Social committee, respectively. Sophomore Andrew Jing won best delegation for his work on the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian committee.
Jaggi said, “I’m definitely looking forward to legislating some more in the future.”