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Pomona Students on the National Stage

Pomona College students are making their mark this month with trips to the National Model U.N. Conference in New York and the Mock Trial National Championship Tournament in Florida.

On April 13-17, 11 students in Model U.N. will visit the United Nations, where they will represent the Republic of Guinea in competition against more than 5,000 college and university delegates from around the world. They will be guided by former U.N. official Bertil Lindblad ’78, Pomona’s senior adviser for International Initiatives. Lindblad will introduce them to current U.N. officials and lead them on visits to offices such as the Secretariat.

“We've engaged in extensive research and are prepared for a challenging simulation,” says Kelebogile “Kelly” Zvobgo ’14, the head delegate.

On April 11-13, Pomona’s Mock Trial Team will be at the National Championship Tournament in Florida. In their big win at the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) in Newport Beach in March, they beat out the top 24 teams from the West Coast, including UCLA, USC and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“I've seen amazing performances from these teammates over the last couple years, and I have a lot of confidence that if we practice hard enough [we’ll] be ready to represent Pomona very well in Orlando next week,” says Kenneth Moran ’15.

The mock trial team members headed for nationals are: Aidan Buckley '14, Melissa Fedornak  ’14, Gabriel Bronshteyn ’16, Audrey Glaser ’16, Christopher Helwig ’14, Abigail Liles ’15, Moran, Kirsten Peterson ’16, Adam Revello ’17 and Kelsey Schuetz ’14.

The Model U.N. team members are: David Baxter ’16, Lazaros Chalkias ’16, Aiman Chaudhary ’17, Maxwell Coleman ’17, Hannah Cotter SC ’15, Derek Ha ’14, Saad Nadeem ’17, Laura Pico ’16, Sameer S. J. B. Rana ’17, Zuzana Vuová ’14 and Zvobgo.