Rancho Santa Fe residents excel at 2013 Columbia University Model United Nations Conference and Exposition


More than 1,000 delegates, school advisors and staff from all over the country assembled Jan. 17 - 20 for the 12th annual Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition (CMUNCE) at Columbia University. Seventeen students from Pacific Ridge School attended CMUNCE and were recognized for their contributions. Seven students received specific awards, including:

Best Delegate Award:

•Sean Straw of Carlsbad

Honorable Mention:

• Ciara Corbeil of Oceanside

• Hunter Headapohl of Rancho Santa Fe

• Delaney Miller of Encinitas

• Soren Schlassa of San Marcos

• Maddie Sparber of Rancho Santa Fe

• Megan Thode of Rancho Santa Fe

The Model UN experience helps student delegates understand the complex workings of politics and international affairs. This is achieved by simulating United Nations committees and challenging crises, both of which encourage delegates to think critically and creatively, and to collaborate and compromise with each other. Committees represented at CMUNCE spanned the Russian Security Council to the Paris Peace Conference to Occupy Wall Street, with a wide range of intense crises. In keeping with the Model UN theme of weaving advanced technology into the conference, CMUNCE allowed each committee to host a Twitter feed that provided important updates and insights for committees.

Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition is an annual four-day international affairs conference for high school students. The conference is known for its original committees, intense crisis simulations, dedicated staff, and focus on introducing its delegates to both Columbia University and New York City. CMUNCE’s distinctive model ensures that delegates will be engaged and involved throughout the entirety of the weekend as they navigate crises executed by the CMUNCE staff. For more information on the Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition, visit For more information about Pacific Ridge School, visit