Maine Model United Nations Conference 2021 (MeMUNC 21)
An experimental, fully-online year due to Covid -- and while smaller than in the past, it was an
enthusiastic group of High School Participants from all over Maine. This year brought out a larger
percentage of freshman participants, which bodes well for future years.
Participants were greeted in the opening ceremonies by pre-recorded welcomes from: Dr. Nirav Shah of
the Maine CDC; Henry Beck, Maine State Treasurer (and former MeMUNC participant); Representative
Chellie Pingree; Senator Angus King; Senator Susan Collins; Glenn Cummings, President of University of
Southern Maine; Reza Jalali, Executive Director Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center; the board
of the Maine Chapter of the United Nations Association; and the USM students who comprise the
MeMUNC leadership team.
At MeMUNC, while all individual participants learn by doing, schools compete for awards – granted to
delegates and delegations who excel their written work, their oral debate, and their display of
diplomatic abilities. Congratulations to this year’s winners of MeMUNC’s Best Delegation Awards:
Freeport High School (Best Small Delegation: Portugal) and Greater Portland Christian School (Best Large
A great big thank you to MeMUNC’s sponsors: Central Maine Power (conference sponsor); Hancock
Lumber (day one sponsor]; UNUM (day two sponsor); Canon; Vitalius Real Estate Group; Aroma Joe’s;
Fedco Seeds; Fruits of Our Labor; The World Affairs Council of Maine; and the Maine Chapter of the
United Nations Association.
MeMUNC is looking forward to returning to a live event at USM Gorham
Professor at University of Southern Maine, Mr. Ruback is the director of the Model United Nations both for the University and the High School Model UN.
The three day program in May is the culmination of many hours of hard work learning about politics and the world.
Name tags are ready, students are anxiously waiting the start of the event.
High School delegation standing proudly with Maine Senator King
High School students at Model UN voting at the model UN Conference in Gorham at USM.