Boil Boil Toil and Trouble: Salem Witch Trials, 1692

Welcome to the town of Salem! The year is 1692, and the small community of Salem has been turned upside down. The crops have been failing, people have gone missing, and mysterious sounds are coming from the woods at night. With every and anyone imaginable at risk of being accused of witchcraft, paranoia has run rampant, and it is only a matter of time before the town self-destructs. Delegates will participate in a town meeting in roles ranging from town leaders to farmers to the “accused” witches. What is done with inevitable truth will determine the course of history. Can this town come back together? Could witchcraft be real? What do you do with the power of witchcraft? Does it even have a place in society? Only Salem will know…

Reagan Gorton is from Jacksonville, FL, and a sophomore at the University of Florida majoring in history and criminology and minoring in disabilities in society. Reagan founded the Model United Nations in high school in her Junior year and has continued her MUN career at the University of Florida. During her first year, Reagan chaired SUNMUN1 in a Chernobyl-based crisis committee and fell in love with the conference and all the effort put into planning it. Outside of MUN, she is involved in Survivor Florida and does work study at the veteran's affairs office. Outside of MUN, Reagan enjoys reading, exploring nature, and spending time with friends and family.

The inspiration for this committee came from a trip to Boston five years ago. During that trip, my family and I took a day to explore the neighboring town of Salem, with the witch trials being the main attraction. When reflecting on the city, it was fascinating to see that so much of the history and legacy of a town could be rooted in fiction. Given my love of history, love of MUN, and a soft spot for fantasy, that memory laid the foundation of the committee here today. With all these elements, I am so excited to see what this committee becomes over SUNMUN II. Best of luck!