Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Delegation Represents Moldova at Harvard Model UN Event

Demarest, NJ:The Model United Nations group from the Academy of the Holy Angels unearthed a wealth of information about the Republic of Moldova, the Balkan nation AHA’s delegates represented at the 2019 Harvard Model UN Conference.

AHA students who attended the Boston-based event included Model UN Co-presidents Taryn Barrett of Paramus and Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood, Angelina Busetto of Pomona (NY), Camila Correa of Demarest, Shannon Dobres of Bergenfield, Ria Jani of Haworth, Lucy McAuliffe of Allendale, Morgan Morrissey of Saddle River, Liliette Quintana of Midland Park, and Eungyo “Ivy” Shin of Harrington Park. AHA teachers Jennifer Cucchisi and Diana Kinney were the group’s chaperones.

Cucchisi, who has been working with the Academy’s Model UN group since 2015, said Holy Angels has been attending the conference for about a decade. While the HMUN draws thousands of students from around the world, AHA is one very few New Jersey schools in attendance.

“Usually, we are one of just three or four schools from New Jersey,” Cucchisi noted “There are about 3,000 students who attend the conference, and nearly half are from international schools.”

Preparation for this event is time-consuming. In advance of the conference, AHA’s delegates work on position papers that require in-depth research and evaluation, update their knowledge of relevant terminology, and participate in simulations.

Cucchisi noted that some AHA delegates doubled-up on their classwork so they would free up enough time to prepare and attend the multi-day conference.

One student said she had taken chemistry and physics exams on the same day so she could fulfill her commitment to the Model UN group.

The rewards are significant. HMUN participants gain a greater understanding of international events and global issues as they interact with their fellow delegates. Students work together, serving on various committees. Committee members consider potential resolutions to complex issues that range from human rights and xenophobia to economic and legal concerns, and more. Delegates hear various viewpoints on each issue, and draft related resolutions with the goal of having these documents approved.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.


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