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MOAS 2017

From November 9-11, 2017, the Department of Political Science hosted the 21st Annual Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of American States (ESMOAS) Summit of the Americas Competition and Conference. The event brought some 225 students and faculty members to campus from across the southwestern United States and northern Mexico for a competition simulating meetings of the Organization of American States, an academic conference on Inter-American Relations, and a model Inter-American Court of Human Rights competition.

ESMOAS Participants

Representing the nations of Brazil, Panama, and Costa Rica, the 15 member Texas State student delegation won numerous awards. Among the highlights, Ashton Thomas was selected as the Distinguished Ambassador (2nd place Overall for an individual award) and Lindsey Bentley received the Outstanding Diplomacy award for her contributions.

Oliver del Cid with students

The keynote address was delivered by Oliver del Cid, Belize’s ambassador to Mexico, on Friday evening, November 10. Ambassador del Cid is a Texas State alumnus, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Throughout his foreign service career which has involved working with countries such as Guatemala, Jamaica, and Mexico, he has maintained a strong relationship with Texas State and returns to campus regularly. Ambassador del Cid received Texas State’s “Distinguished Alumni Award” from President Trauth in 2015.

Additional awards and honors include:

Ashton Thomas – Distinguished Ambassador (2nd place Overall for an individual award)

Lindsey Bentley – Outstanding Diplomacy

Connor Clegg – President for the 21st Annual ESMOAS

Bianca Beronio – Parliamentarian for the 21st Annual ESMOAS

Catherine Wicker – Chair / Executive Secretariat for Integral Development

Brittlin Richardson – Rapporteur / Executive Secretariat for Integral
Development

Claire Whisler – Student Advisory Committee

Brian Delgado – Distinguished Resolution (2nd place in Committee) /
General Committee

Lucy Stanley – Distinguished Resolution (2nd place in Committee) /
Secretariat for Multidimensional Security

Cassandra Macias – Distinguished Resolution (2nd place in Committee) / Secretariat for Strengthening Democracy

Christian Sears – Outstanding Resolution (1st place in Committee) / Secretariat for Multidimensional Security / Parliamentarian for the 22nd ESMOAS at Texas State in 2018

Cody Enderli – Outstanding Resolution (1st place in Committee) /
Secretariat for Strengthening Democracy

John Garcia – Outstanding Orator (1st place in Committee) /
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights / Distinguished Legal Team (2nd place in Committee)

Ethan Strickland – Distinguished Legal Team (2nd place in Committee) / Inter-American Commission on Human Rights 

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