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The Colorado Springs School Sends The Only American Team To Compete At Iceland Model Un

 Under the leadership of Upper School History teacher, Mr. David (Dahveed) Benson, The Colorado Springs School’s (CSS) Model United Nations Club will travel to Iceland in February for the 10th annual Iceland Model United Nations (IceMUN).  The internationally competitive simulation will position students to exercise leadership and United Nations-style decision-making regarding the current crisis in Mali. Nine students will represent The Colorado Springs School. In the 10 years of the Icelandic meet, The Colorado Springs School will be the first American team to participate. The team includes Mike Andrews, Damon Degroot, Nick Gardiner, Jessica Larson, Abby McCreery, Owen McLaughlin, Jordan Murphy, Alec Pollard, and Andrea Southard. Head of Upper School, Linda Harris, will also accompany the students. The event will take place February 15 -17, 2013 in Reykjavik on the Reykjavik University campus.

Students have been preparing for the rigorous competition by competing in meets throughout Colorado and last year the team competed on the national scale in Washington D.C.

“Our team is thrilled to be representing the United States at Iceland Model United Nations. Model UN topics are real and they are engaging. Our students explore the practices of a well-constructed debate, diplomacy, and even compromise.” said David Benson, Upper School History Teacher and Model United Nations Advisor. “These kids are looking for viable outcomes to complex world matters. And now, we have the opportunity to prepare for simulations with an even broader scope of international competitors. This will surely deepen the global experience for our students.”

The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council continues their support of the team as they have made several annual donations to assist with the team’s travel expenses. Additionally, United Nations Association of Colorado Springs is also sponsoring the team for this competition.
While in Reykjavik, the team will meet Iceland’s President, several politicians and diplomats.
For more information about Model United Nations at The Colorado Springs School, contact David Benson, Upper School History Teacher and Model UN Advisor, on Twitter @dahveedbenson with hashtag #ICEMUN for updates on the competition.

Learn more about CSS at www.CSS.orgwww.Facebook.com/TheColoradoSpringsSchool, or @CSSKodiaks on Twitter.

About David (Dahveed) Benson
David Benson has taught Upper School History at The Colorado Springs School since 2005. He teaches AP US History, AP Comparative Politics and African History and is the faculty sponsor of the school’s Model United Nations team. Benson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in French and History. He earned his Master’s degree in African History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also attained competency in Hausa and Swahili, two sub-Saharan African languages. Before moving to Colorado, Benson was the academic director of the School for International Training’s college study abroad program in Cameroon, Central Africa for 10 years. He has done research and traveled extensively in Central and West Africa, including the Congo, Central African Republic, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. Benson has led several groups of CSS students on seminars to Cameroon, Africa. In the summer, Benson is a camp director for the Concordia Language Villages, where he runs the French Voyageur program, a French language wilderness and historical immersion program that takes place in the north woods of Minnesota.

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