CGPS Prep School Delegates Attend the Harvard Model UN Conference

By Liza Tonetti, Prep School history teacher

Recently, the Columbia Prep Model UN club traveled to Boston to participate in the Harvard Model United Nations conference, which attracts nearly 3,000 students from all parts of the world each year. Many of our delegates, representing the nation of Finland across a number of United Nations committees, distinguished themselves among their peers.

Four CGPS students, Avery A. ‘20, Kaya C. ‘19, Gabriel K. ‘19 and Jason M. ‘21, were accepted into the exclusive Specialized Crisis Committees where, for example, they rebuilt the European Union and established independence for the State of Dravida Nadu in post-World War II India in a simulation.


Avery A. ‘20 was accepted into the United Nations Press Corps reporting on the status of committees and their work.


On Friday morning, our group took a walk across the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where we scouted the campus and spent time exploring the Ray and Maria Stata Center. The unique structure designed by Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry houses the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Learning labs, student artwork and some famous MIT “hacks”, or student pranks.  In one prank, Oliver Smoot, who as a fraternity pledge in 1958, laid down on a campus bridge repeatedly so his fraternity brothers could use his height to measure the length of the bridge — and the non-standard, humorous unit of length called the ‘smoot’ was born!


Congratulations to all the Columbia Prep Delegates!