Bilal Shah & Leigh Jones
"Three Guilford Technical Community College students were recently recognized for their achievements in representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during
the Southeast Regional University Model Arab League competition March 14-16 at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.
Austin Hanna of Raleigh, N.C. received the Distinguished Delegation Award for his participation in the Joint Defense Council. The award signifies Hanna as one of the top five delegations in their committee of 23 member states.
Bilal Shah of High Point and Leigh Jones of Greensboro received the Outstanding Delegation Award for their work in the Economic Committee, which signifies they were one of the top two delegations in their committee of 23 member states.
The students are members of the GTCC Model United Nations Club. Matthew DeSantis is the club’s academic advisor and an assistant professor of political science at GTCC.
“Seeing three of our students recognized at the conference was an unbelievable feeling,” DeSantis said. “This is only our third competition as a club and, in many cases, we are competing against delegations and students who have participated in model simulation since high school. The conference was a wonderful experience for all of our students and will help us in our preparation for our next conference later this month when we will be competing against significantly more delegations from across the country.”
On April 10-12, the Model United Nations Club team will compete at the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) conference in Charlotte, N.C., where they will represent the Czech Republic. GTCC will compete against more than 60 colleges and universities including Indiana University, University of Cincinnati, University of Kansas and the University of Oklahoma.
Model Arab League is a diplomatic simulation and leadership development program. It is designed to give students insight into the Middle East and Arab world as well as build critical leadership skills from public speaking to negotiation and compromise.
Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu."
Submitted by Carla Kucinski for GTCC