Stephen F. Austin's Model Arab League team swept the awards ceremony, earning twelve awards, the most of any team. This is only the third year SFA has sent a team to compete in the Regional Model Arab League in Houston. SFA piled up the awards, beating out the competition, including Texas A&M, University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University, Texas State, University of Houston Honors College, among others.
Among SFA's awards Kimberly Fruge' and Karina Erickson won best delegate awards on the Joint Defense Council, and their council won outstanding Committee.
Tailor Aguilar, Forest Bell, Kristen Cade, Steffen Carrillo, Don Escobedo, and Colten Garcia won speaker awards for their exceptional performance.
This year SFA represented the United Arab Emirates and met weekly in the fall and bi-weekly in the Spring to prepare for the competition. SFA Model Arab League faculty sponsor Julie Harrelson-Stephens said the results did not surprise her. "This team really worked hard and every one of them deserved an award. You could tell how much they had prepared. They represented UAE very well and were instrumental in almost every policy passed at the MAL.
During the competition SFA's team dominated every one of the councils." Head Delegate Kimberly Fruge' added that the MAL experience allows students a glimpse into how governments work. "The Model Arab League was not just some conference I could add to my resume, it was also fun and exciting, but most importantly it was an invaluable learning experience."
SFA's 2014 Model Arab League Team:
Head Delegate: Kimberly Fruge'
Joint Defense Council: Kimberly Fruge' & Karina Erickson
Council on Palestinian Affairs: Tailore Aguilar & Kristen Cade
Council on Social Affairs Ministers: Daniel Iwai & Leigh Uranga
Council on Political Affairs: Colten Garcia & Steffen Carrillo
Council on Economic Affairs Ministers: Forest Bell & Don Escobedo
Kimberly Fruge' and Karina Erickson were also student ambassadors to the Latin America / North America Conference that the college hosted last October.