ALAMOSA — Adams State University’s Model U.N. team and advisor Dr. Mari Centeno are attending the Scotland Model United Nations Conference (SCOTMUN) in Edinburgh, where they will compete with delegates from all over the world.
Students Trina DeHerrera, Mariah McDermott, Sean Erice, and Nicolas Centeno will all be delegates on the Security Council, which is considered an advanced committee at Model U.N. conferences. They will debate the situations in Venezuela and South Sudan. At the conference DeHerrera and McDermott will represent Ethiopia, while Erice and Centeno will represent China.
“Every year Adams State Model United Nations has the amazing opportunity to attend a conference,” Erice said.
In addition to debating, the students will also hear from renowned speakers. One is Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who served under Margret Thatcher as parliamentary Under Secretary of State and now sits on the Board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington, D.C. Also speaking will be Cathy Dean, who is CEO of Save the Rhino International, a UK-registered charity working to conserve viable populations of the five species of rhino in Africa and Asia.
This is the second time Adams State’s Model U.N. team has attended SCOTMUN. The group has participated in a total of 15 Model U.N. conferences. Ten of those have been international conferences held in Venezuela, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Scotland, and Spain.