Junior nets top Model UN prize -- again
ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan.
23, 2012) -- For the second year in a row, Albany
High School junior June Criscione took the top prize for her section
at the Vancouver Model United Nations.
The 2012 Vancouver Model UN was held Jan. 20-22.
Model UN is a student simulation of the real UN;
each participating student is assigned to represent
a country and debate issues facing it and the global
Criscione, representing Portugal, served as a
delegate to the model World Trade Organization
committee, a group of countries seeking to supervise
international trade and remove barriers to free
trade. She was named best delegate for her
200-person section, earning a Golden Gavel, the top
award. The gavel will be the second in her
collection; she was top delegate at last year's
Vancouver Model UN as well.
Criscione's colleagues included 11 other Albany High
classmates and students from 90 schools throughout
Canada and the United States. Fellow classmate Zilpa
Oduor, a sophomore, was named an outstanding
delegate for her work representing Albania on the
World Health Organization committee.
Pictured at right are Criscione, left, and Oduor, in
Vancouver. Other Albany High students that went to
Vancouver are Michael Allinger, Ryah Bernhardt,
Aaron Gialnella, Katie Huemer, Kevin Ho, Gregory
John, Jessica Ren, Allane Roc and Theresa Rubi and
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves about 8,700
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High