VSAMUN X, hosted by Victoria Shanghai Academy, took place over the 28th and 29th of November. A total of 18 Island School students participated and debated at various councils within this conference. The conference had more beginner councils such as DISEC and SOCHUM but also provided harder councils for more experienced delegates such as the Historical Cabinet and Security Council.
“It was a very good experience for me. It was very insightful and I learned a lot more about global issues. Participating in this conference only gave me more reasons to join future external conferences,” said Stephen, a Year 12 student who represented Japan in ECOSOC.
A total of 8 students won awards, with every council gifting at least one award to an Island School student! In SOCHUM, Hannah Lam represented Switzerland and won Most Improved Delegate. In UNEP, Nicole Cheng, representing Argentina, won an Honourable Mention. In DISEC, we had another delegate who won Most Improved Delegate with Cyrus Ng, who was representing Russia. Airi Tachino in ECOSOC represented Germany and won Best Speaker. In the Historical Cabinet, both Ethan Yap and Ayahiko Usui representing Mohammad Beheshti and Ali Akbar Moinfar respectively, won Honourable Mentions. Serena Yoon who represented China in Security Council managed to win Most Improved Delegate whilst fellow delegate Hani Rasool represented Germany and won an Honourable Mention.
All the delegates at this conference managed to actively engage with global issues whilst improving their public speaking and debate skills. Whether it be talking about restructuring methods of debt payment to alleviate debt-trap diplomacy or resolving the humanitarian situation in Beirut, Lebanon or even Iran’s Council of the Islamic Revolution, all the participating students learned a lot from their respective issues and will hopefully apply this knowledge to good use in the future.
by Ethan Yap