Berry Success at PHUNC

Cranberry High School students who participated in PHUNC, a Model United Nations conference, are (front, from left) Alaina Hogue, Adysson Carter, Brooke Whitling, Hannah Niederriter, Bo Myers, Alaina Olson, (back, from left) Lucas Blum, Jeremy Hacherl, Carley Gulnac, Trevor Olson and Dylan Lu. (By Gayle Mitchell)

Student contributor

PHUNC, a Model United Nations conference, is a chance for Cranberry High School students to stand out in the autumn season each year, and this time, every participant did just that. Although this conference is normally held at Penn State University, students participated virtually on Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 using Microsoft Teams due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Cranberry delegates won the philanthropy award for the second year in a row, and junior Hannah Niederriter won the second place Outstanding Delegate Award in her committee, Salem of the South, which is the highest ranking Cranberry has ever received.

Additionally, sophomore Jeremy Hacherl was recognized with an Honorable Mention (3rd place) in the Golden Law committee, while Bo Myers, a senior, received a verbal commendation for his work in the 2nd Great Depression committee. 

Dylan Lu was also awarded the senior delegate conference scholarship for his efforts in founding CRUNC, Cranberry’s own Model UN, and for his repeated participation in various Model UN conferences. This scholarship is equivalent to $500 if Lu chooses to attend Penn State.

All around, Cranberry’s delegation performed very well, arguably better than ever before, and not even COVID could hold them back. 


Natalie Sandrock is a student at Cranberry High School and a member of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications class.