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World Affairs Program Finishes Semester on High Note

December 4, 2017

by Connor Kabrich, Assistant Director of Involvement, World Affairs Program

The World Affairs Program (WAP) is pleased to report a semester well done!

WAP is a student organization that promotes increased awareness of the global community and encourages personal, social, and political growth through speaker and mentor programs, campus political activity, and competitive Model UN and Crisis Body simulations.

WAP attended the National Collegiate Security Conference, hosted by Georgetown University, in Bethesda, Maryland October 26-29.

WAP Director Taylor Zuccarello received the award for Best Delegate in her committee, while Assistant Director of Programming Richard Sommers, Kathryn Cassello, and Chris Duggan received Outstanding Delegate awards. Vice Director Tyler Shanahan received an Honorable Mention, while delegates Riley Zuccarello and Kate McMahon each received Verbal Commendations.

Out of nearly 50 delegations, Florida State WAP finished in the Top 5 in overall points, beating such formidable delegations as Harvard and West Point. This is the best the program has done in two years, and all involved are proud of the accomplishment.

WAP members also had the chance to meet an alumnus of the program, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, of Florida's 1st congressional district, who gave the group a tour of the Capitol.

WAP continued its tradition of alumni involvement with a dinner hosted by alumnus Eric Reading, executive vice president at Chemonics International, a global development firm. In addition to the dinner, Reading also hosted a career panel at his Washington, D.C. office. WAP delegates had the chance to ask other Florida State alumni about their careers at Chemonics, U.S. Navy intelligence, the Department of Commerce, defense consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, and FEMA.

The group also had success at the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC), in Philadelphia, November 9-12.

Facing the second-most competitive conference on the circuit, Director Taylor Zuccarello earned an Outstanding Delegate award, while Assistant Director of Programming Richard Sommers earned the coveted Best Delegate award.

Outside of the conference, WAP spent time touring Philadelphia and visiting Independence Hall in the heart of the city.

The World Affairs Program is proud of its work this semester and looking forward to more successful competitions in the spring.


The WAP team with Rep. Matt Gaetz, an alum of the program, in
Washington, D.C., in October.