DiploCats Keep the Streak Going at CLEIMUN

by Soham Shah ’24

Last weekend, the Saint Ignatius Model UN Team attended the CLEIMUN Conference hosted by Saint Edward High School. CLEIMUN was a huge success for the DiploCats with Patrick Laudolff ‘24 and Rohan Jhaveri ‘25 taking home Best Delegate awards. Soham Shah ‘24, Shivam Pandya ‘24, and Fitz Lokiec ‘24 won the Highly Commended Award; additionally, Shivam Pandya and Fitz Lokiec won Best Draft Resolution. Finally, Soham Shah, Shivam Pandya, Patrick Laudolff, Fitz Lokiec, and Charlie Brady ‘25 won the Best Crisis Delegation award.

At CLEIMUN, the committees included DISEC (Disarmament and International Security Committee), HRC (Human Rights Committee), WHO (World Health Organization), Economics and Environment Committee, Political Committee, and Security Council. After two  days of debate in these committees, the third  day was a full crisis with over 200 participants from several local schools including St. Edward, St. Joseph Academy, Mentor, Archbishop Hoban, Hathaway Brown, Bay Village, Chardon, and several others.

Next, the club is traveling to Michigan State University for our last major overnight conference of the year. Anyone, regardless of experience, can attend this conference. To acquire a spot, you need to attend the meetings on Mondays in Mr. Foster’s room (SC102) during the activities period. Information and forms will be given out in the next few meetings. There are several available spots for the conference, so invite your friends and classmates. The 45 spots we have will likely fill up following the success of MUNUM, so we urge you to attend these meetings and turn in your forms early. Please contact any of the Secretariat (Shivam Pandya ‘24, Soham Shah ‘24, Fitz Lokiec ‘24, and Patrick Laudolff ‘24) regarding any questions you may have.

For further informational purposes, Model UN is a competitive simulation of real-world institutions, with students acting as delegates for countries, corporations, and individuals to draft resolutions and work together to solve central issues. It develops writing and oratory skills, like persuasive speaking and fosters interpersonal skills while providing a fun and educational experience for students to learn about real world issues. The Saint Ignatius Model UN team also promotes Catholic Social Teaching and teaches students on how to shape the world in Christ’s image through diplomacy and other peaceful means.