HUNTERDON Students Win Awards at Northeast Model UN Conference


A delegation of 106 students from North Hunterdon High School and 24 from Voorhees High School attended the 47th Annual YMCA Northeast Regional Model United Nations Conference on January 6-8, 2017 in Hershey, PA.  The delegation and individual students walked away with awards, as follows:


  • The Voorhees delegation was one of the winners for Outstanding Delegation for timely submission of materials, good behavior and participation.
  • North Hunterdon freshmen Rory Kinnaird, Jonathan Fariello, and Michael Kochanowski, along with senior Zachary Panzarino, were among the students recognized for an Outstanding Country award, which recognizes good debate from all students representing countries.  The freshmen represented Estonia and Zachary represented Vietnam.
  • Two North Hunterdon students were recognized for Outstanding First Year Delegate awards: Siddharth Datar in General Assembly B and Noah DiRoberto in Nation building.
  • North Hunterdon students Zoe Chang and Lauren Y. Wagner were recognized for Outstanding Research papers that each student had to write before the conference, outlining their country’s views on their committee’s topics and possible solutions.
  • Zoe Chang was also recognized as the Premier Delegate in her committee (Legal B).
  • Three North Hunterdon students were elected as officers for the 2018 conference: Prajeet Sarker will be Vice Chair of General Assembly B, Alisha Vekaria will be the Chair of Political and Security A, and Kyle Piekarski will be Chair of the European Union.


For the 2017 conference, three North Hunterdon seniors served as officers: Nicholas LaBelle as the Chair of the Council on Economic Advancement B Committee, Pauline Jaffe as the Chief Justice of International Criminal Court B, and Katherine Teipel as the Editor in Chief of the Press Corps.  They were elected to serve as officers during the 2016 conference.


The North Hunterdon and Voorhees students who attended the 47th Annual YMCA Northeast Regional Model UN Conference were joined by over 1,500 students from schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.