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BYU WINS TOP HONORS AT U.N. COMPETITION

After four months of preparation, a weekend of practicing high-level diplomacy and several hours of writing resolutions that the entire international community could live with, a 64-student delegation from Brigham Young University returned from the United Nations international collegiate competition with top honors.

It was the second straight year the team has garnered the award at the competition that invites more than 2,000 students from 135 different universities in 25 different countries. This year, students from BYU, who represented the United Kingdom, had to fight off strong delegations from Georgetown University, Harvard and several universities from Japan to claim top honors."The competition can get real hairy at times," said Jeff Harmer, a teaching assistant for BYU's delegation who traveled to the United Nations this year. "It's a competition where students get grades depending on the resolutions they pass. Toward the end of the competition, people are really hustling and bustling to get those resolutions passed."

Each university represents a country in the international community and scores points depending on their level of involvement in resolutions passed. At the conclusion of the competition, BYU's team had gathered enough points to easily outdistance all other universities, drawing a standing ovation from all in attendance.