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Hendrix College Model United Nations Team Brings Home Six Exceptional Representation Awards

CONWAY, Ark. (November 30, 2021) – Hendrix College garnered six Exceptional Representation awards at the American Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference, held from November 20-23. Returning to Chicago after last year’s remote hiatus, Hendrix students represented Austria and Mongolia at this year’s gathering. The students receiving awards included:

  • Phillip Powell ’23 and Kolya Souvorin ’23 for the General Assembly First Committee (Mongolia)
  • Ilana Svartz ’22 for the General Assembly Third Committee (Mongolia)
  • Maya Kreczmer ’23 and Jenny Grötzer (international exchange student) for the Human Rights Council (Austria)
  • Raven Johnson ’23 and Kerterra Starr ’24 for the Commission on the Status of Women (Mongolia)
  • Maggie Kleck ’22 and Monica Martinez ’22 for the Economic and Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific (Mongolia)
  • Thalia Fort ’22 and Chloe Griffith ’23 for the Historical Security Council for 1973 (Austria)

Four of the award-winning students listed above—Kreczmer, Johnson, Kleck, and Fort—also served as second-year AMUN mentors for first-time participants.

Other participating students from Hendrix, and the simulations they represented, included:

  • Nathan Painter ’22 and Luis Civallero ’23: General Assembly First Committee (Austria)
  • Paloma Macarena ’23 and Houston Phillips ’24: General Assembly Third Committee (Austria)
  • Annie Elliott ’24 and Tali Ramirez ’22: General Assembly Fourth Committee (Austria)
  • Lynnaya Hamby ’22 and Claire Segura ’24: General Assembly Fourth Committee (Mongolia)
  • Jack Harrison (international exchange student) and Colin Jenkins ’24: International Atomic Energy Agency (Austria)
  • Dani Brumbelow ’25 and Tuffy Dornburg ’23: International Atomic Energy Agency (Mongolia)
  • Jana Kern (international exchange student): UN Environmental Assembly (Austria)
  • Keira Boop ’23: UN Environmental Assembly (Mongolia)  
  • Rachel Allen ’22 served as the Permanent Representative (PR) for the entire group, assisting both delegations and their representatives with position paper drafting, conference strategy, and logistics.

About 850 students, representing around 65 UN Member States and Observers, attended this year’s in-person gathering. A smaller virtual conference was held concurrently with the Chicago event.

“We were very excited to return to an in-person conference,” said Professor of Politics Dr. Daniel Whelan, who has directed the Hendrix Model UN program since 2008. “With the exception of our PR, Rachel Allen, none of our 26 students had ever attended a collegiate Model UN conference, but they were extremely well-prepared. They engaged the proceedings with the kind of depth and passion our Model UN program is known for.” 

Whelan also noted that while some teams with more first-time AMUN participants dealt with some disruptive behavior, the Hendrix team provided an object lesson in professional development: “While our students were at times discouraged and frustrated, they nevertheless kept their eye on the ball and maintained their professionalism to the end,” he said. “I am very proud of their hard work and dedication.”

The Hendrix team’s attendance at this year’s AMUN conference was supported by the Bill and Connie Bowen Odyssey Professorship, which Whelan holds through 2023. The team looks forward to AMUN 2022, where Hendrix plans to represent Guatemala and Norway.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit