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JANUARY 2018
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Jennifer Crusco
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Holy Angels Students to Attend Harvard Model UN Conference

Demarest, NJ: Fourteen students from the Academy of the Holy Angels will take a fresh look at pressing global concerns during the 65th session of the Harvard Model United Nations Conference. This international event will be held in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, from January 25th through 28th and will be attended by students from around the world.

Representatives from Holy Angels will include senior Camila Martinez of Paramus; juniors Taryn Barrett of Paramus, Lucy McAuliffe of Allendale, and Laney Vasseghi of Franklin Lakes; and sophomores Angelina Busetto of Pomona, New York, Camila Correa of Demarest, Shannon Dobres of Bergenfield, Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood, Audrey Lee of Demarest, Kate Montesdeoca of Paterson, Eungyo “Ivy” Shin of Harrington Park, Liliette Quintana of Midland Park, Ayanah Taneja of Guttenberg, and Paulina Yannitsadis of Fair Lawn.

Five of AHA’s 2018 representatives are HMUN veterans who represented the Academy at last year’s conference. The returning representatives are Taneja, Quintana, Gazzini, Barrett, and Martinez.

“We are usually one of only a handful of schools from New Jersey chosen to attend this prestigious and large conference, which includes about 3,000 students each year,” said AHA’s international studies teacher Jennifer Cucchisi, who will act as chaperone with AHA English teacher Diana Kinney.

In order to prepare for the conference, students meet each week, review relevant terminology, research issues, and hold simulations. Students also submit position papers, which require a great deal of research and thoughtful consideration of serious issues.

Cucchisi said it is an honor to be part of HMUN, which is the largest and oldest event of its kind. As they convene in Boston, HMUN participants address complex concerns. Together, the students experience the challenges of international relations and negotiations, and competing national interests. The students participate in simulated UN conferences, write resolutions, and strive to convince others to approve their initiatives. While HMUN is in session, participants remain hard at work during the day, and well into the night, to make the experience positive and memorable.

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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