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April 17, 2007


New York, April 17, 2007 – For the fourth year running, The City College of New York (CCNY) won top honors at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference held at the United Nations and the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in Manhattan.

City College was one of 17 institutions to receive an “Outstanding Delegation” award, the equivalent of a gold medal, in the 2007 competition, which attracted over 270 colleges and universities from five continents.

“I’m thrilled beyond words!” said Oghogho Edomwonyi, the team’s Faculty Advisor. “The team worked hard in class from Day One, developing their knowledge about the U.N., international affairs and diplomacy until they attained such sophistication that when it came to the conference, their delivery was impeccable."

NMUN, which is organized by the National Collegiate Conference Association, a non-governmental organization of the United Nations, is the world’s largest university-level U.N. simulation. Every year, the conference educates more than 4,000 students – half from outside the United States – about the United Nations and contemporary international issues.

This year, the 19-member CCNY team, 15 of who were born outside the United States, represented Angola. Participants prepared for the conference by studying the Portuguese-speaking African nation’s positions on a number of international issues.  

Ms. Edomwonyi, a 2003 CCNY graduate with a B.A. in International Studies and a former NMUN participant, taught a Model U.N. course that team members took last fall.  After moving to Washington to begin a position with the World Bank, she commuted back to New York each week to prep the students.

A list of team members, their class standing, academic major and country of birth follows:

Tumasie Blair, Junior, International Studies, Antigua & Barbuda.

* Alvin Bradbury, Sophomore, International Studies, Jamaica, co-head delegate.

Evan Clealand, Junior, History and Latin American Studies, United States

Amaoke Dalmeida, Junior, International Studies, Togo.

* Annie Deng, Sophomore, Chemistry, China.

Justine Fleischner, Junior, International Studies and Economics, United States.

* Ethan Frisch, Junior, CUNY Baccalaureate program, United States, senior student advisor.

Karazyna Kornacki, Freshman, International Studies, Poland.

Myriam Kourakou, Junior, International Studies, Gabon.

Michelle Morales, Junior, International Studies, Chile.

Mariko Mizuguchi, Senior, International Studies, Japan.

Yvette Merilan, Junior, International Studies, Haiti.

Adam Parichy, Sophomore, Political Science, United States.

* Mario Patino, Junior, International Studies, Colombia), co-head delegate.

Maya Perl, Freshman, Political Economy and English, Israel.

Risha Ramlal, Senior, Spanish, Trinidad & Tobago.

Claudio Salazar, Senior, Geopolitical History, Dominican Republic.

Izumi Shibasaki, Senior, International Studies, Japan.

Kady Traore, Junior, International Studies and Political Science, Mali.

* Member of 2006 team.

About The City College of New York 

For 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.