Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Holy Angels Students to Take on Global Issues at
Harvard Model UN 

Demarest, NJ: This month, approximately 3,300 high school students, including 13 from the Academy of the Holy Angels, will proffer solutions to global issues at the Harvard Model United Nations. 

Now in its 64th session, HMUN is the largest and oldest event of its kind. Attendees of this four-day simulation held in downtown Boston will explore and address complex concerns. Along the way, they will face the challenges of international relations and negotiations, and the hurdles of competing national interests.

This year, AHA will represent Ethiopia. Members of the Holy Angels delegation include Arianne Rowe of New City (NY), Kerry Sammon of Pearl River (NY), Samantha Diaz of Union City, Samantha Ryan of Orangeburg (NY), Mairead Dillon of Pearl River (NY), Ayanah Taneja of Guttenberg, Liliette Quintana of Midland Park, Katherine Gazzini of Ridgewood, Taryn Barrett of Paramus, Gillian van der Have of West Nyack (NY), Jillian Valdes of Oradell, Ayse Seker of Park Ridge, and Camila Martinez of Paramus.

These delegates and their peers can look forward to participating in simulated UN conferences, working with delegates from other countries, and writing resolutions with the goal of having those initiatives passed. Typically, the students remain hard at work until midnight every day the conference is in session.

AHA’s delegation is co-moderated by Jennifer Cucchisi andDiana Kinney. In order to prepare for the conference, the delegates meet each week, review relevant terminology, research issues, and hold simulations. Only students who have submitted a position paper on their topic may attend.

“It is an honor to be part of it,” Cucchisi said of HMUN. She added that, because many of the participants hail from other nations, the event allows students to learn about other cultures.

The official conference website ( reports that delegates from 40 countries attended the 2016 session. This year, HMUN Secretary-General Victor J. Kamenker and the 200-plus Harvard University undergraduates who staff this annual simulation expect another excellent turnout.

“Mrs. Kinney and I are proud of each of our 13 student delegates for their dedication toward preparing for the conference,” Cucchisi said. “In addition to their workload of studying for midterms right now, they have to turn in one, and sometimes two, position papers on very serious topics such as human rights violations against women or population control.”


Since 1879, thousands of women have passed through the portals of Academy of the Holy Angels high school, the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. 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. Our goal is to provide each girl 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 giving service to others.

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