Juneau native Jack Gray, a sophomore political science major at Cedarville University in Ohio, recently earned honorable mention at the collegiate Dayton Model United Nations Conference (DAYMUNC).
Gray and junior Colby Mathews teamed up to represent the Philippines, while team members Kimberly Edlund and Timothy Sparks were assigned Ireland.
The Cedarville team spent three weeks before the conference gathering all the facts they could about the political and diplomatic stances of those nations.
Model United Nations conferences begin by presenting crisis situations or global issues to the student delegates. The delegates must react just as their assigned country would. Using skills of diplomacy, leadership, persuasion, negotiation, speaking and writing, the students formulate a written resolution that all nations can agree to and pass. All the while, a committee judges participants on their teamwork and ability to represent their country.
He received the honorable mention award based on the quality and effectiveness of his negotiations, persuasion, and group leadership. Team captain Edlund earned First Honorable Mention.
Gray, a 2000 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, is the son of Phillip and Carol Gray of Juneau.