Published on April 29, 2011  

Eleven Samford students were honored as a Distinguished Delegation during the 2011 National Model United Nations conference in New York City April 19-23.

During closing ceremonies at the United Nations, Head Delegate Kathleen Artman and delegates Devon Arnold, Gabriella Cappo, Jayme Cloninger, Thomas Espy, Surf Kirubel, Andrew Mays, Sam McFarland, Caroline Noland, Mary Evelyn Todd and Amy Vu were honored for their representation of the Republic of Burundi.

Political Science professor and Interim Model UN Advisor Marissa Grayson said the

Distinguished Delegation award recognizes the top 40 universities at a conference comprised of over 200 universities and 3000 students from five continents. 

"I am very proud of how hard the members of the Model UN team worked to prepare for the conference and the effort they put in to representing Samford and the country of Burundi at the conference," Grayson said. "I truly believe the confidence, critical thinking and public speaking skills students learn from an activity like Model UN will benefit them throughout life."