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Stephen Huba

A team of eight Seton Hill University students was recognized for its work at the recent Model United Nations Conference in New York City.

The team received an Honorable Mention Delegation Award for representing the West African country of Mauritania at the conference, while sophomore political science major Paris Szalla received the Outstanding Position Paper in Committee award for a paper on expanding electricity grids in development countries.

The conference, held each spring at the UN headquarters in New York, is a four-day simulation of the UN committee system.

“The Model United Nations Conference allows students the ability to practice their negotiation, speaking, and writing skills with a group of up to 5,000 peers from universities across the world,” said Roni Kay O’Dell, Seton Hill assistant professor of political science and global studies.

The Seton Hill team included Szalla, of Pittsburgh; Carrie Ellis, a junior political science and global studies major from Ligonier; Brianna Franzino, a freshman global studies major from Greensburg; Mark Nealon, a sophomore political science major from Dunmore; Ariana Scott, a freshman political science and sociology major from Leechburg; Gina Scarsellato, a senior sociology major from Canonsburg; William Weber, a senior political science major from Elizabeth; and Scott Woodstuff, a sophomore political science major from McMurray.

The honorable mention was for excellence in negotiation and diplomacy skills.

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