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NMSU's model U.N. team places second at regional competition

Representing Iraq in its first Model Arab League competition, New Mexico State University's Model United Nations team was awarded with an honorable mention for outstanding delegation at the Rocky Mountain Model Arab League competition in Salt Lake City.

NMSU's Model United Nations team earned second place at the Rocky Mountain Model Arab League competition. From left to right: Assistant government professor Jason Ackleson and team members Tony E. Flores, Lauren Aragon, Chris S. Sanchez, Amanda James, Juliana Maio and Marcia Mundt.

NMSU students Lauren Aragon, Tony Flores, Amanda James, Juliana Maio, Marcia Mundt and Chris Sanchez competed against eight schools in the region and earned second place behind nationally ranked Brigham Young University.
Aragon, Maio, Mundt and Sanchez also received outstanding delegate awards in each of their committees.

"The government department is very proud of our Model U.N. program," said Yosef Lapid, head of NMSU's government department. "In recent years, our teams have demonstrated that we are on par or better than some of the best schools in America and the world."

While the students participate in the Model U.N., they earn valuable tools, said Jason Ackleson, NMSU assistant government professor. "The program benefits students by building leadership, research and teamwork skills," he said. "It asks students to confront important global issues such as terrorism, human rights and democracy."

NMSU's team will go on to represent the Arab League in April at the National Model United Nations competition in New York.