By Carter Coudriet

The omnipresent diversity of this conference is epitomized by one of the simplest aspects of debate: the delegates’ introduction. While the typical “Carter Coudriet, New Jersey Delegation” suffices for many delegates, other delegations prefer to introduce themselves uniquely.

Some delegations use the actual name of their state when introducing themselves. It is not uncommon to hear delegates of theLone Star State say that they are from “the Republic of Texas” or Kentuckians mention they hail from “Commonwealth of Kentucky.”“Saying that we are from the commonwealth of Kentucky instead of the state of Kentucky makes us more unique,” explains Kentucky delegate Chauncey Hill.

Other states refer to their states by their nicknames. Whether the delegate is from “the Evergreen State” of Washington or “the Dry Heat State” of Arizona, debaters love to pay tribute to their homeland. Still others go a step further, as delegates from “the family of Alabama” and “ambassadors from the Model United Nations” define themselves differently than a normal delegate.Perhaps the most recognizable and intriguing introduction is that of the Florida delegation. One cannot sit in committee for long without hearing “My name is (insert name), and I AM from Florida.”

“So every night when we have roundtable,” said Ali Renckens, “delegates are like, ‘yeah, this person got up and said, “My name is blahblahblah and I AM from Kentucky.”‘ Renckens went on to say that that the Floridians laugh about instances like this, but also that they “feel proud that other delegates feel that it’s cool enough to copy.”

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