What is MUN? At more than 100 Model United Nations conferences a year, student delegates throughout the United States assume the role of diplomatic representatives to the UN and consider items from their agenda. Each school is assigned several nations and committees, which it distributes among its delegates. Each delegate must then prepare to represent their assigned nation’s position on the issue that their committee will discuss.
What makes HBHS special? Founded in 1972, HBHS MUN is a four-year honors program, nationally recognized for its excellence. The approximately 360 students in the program consistently bring home top honors on both coasts. While participating in the program, students complete their Scholar with Distinction or Scholar with Honors requirements in World Geography, World History, U.S. History, Government, and Economics.
This will be one of the most challenging and rewarding classes taken by high school students. MUN will be an important academic course on a student’s transcript when applying to a competitive four-year college.
Clothing and Materials Costs
Students must attend four conferences a year. The suggested dress for a conference delegate is business attire.
What is the annual MUN Program cost? A donation of approximately $140 is asked for from each student in September and covers MUN expenses for the year; including bus costs, conference delegate fees, MUN mailings, printing, and the MUN Survival Guide.
What are the additional costs for Juniors and Seniors? Students may be chosen to participate in an East Coast Conference for selected Juniors and an International Conference for selected Seniors for an additional $1,250—$3,500 (includes lodging and transportation but not meals or spending money). Booster Board members negotiate the lowest cost travel packages.
Is there any way to keep costs down? Yes! Funds can be added to a student’s trip account by participating in MUN Booster fund-raising events such as our annual magazine sale.
The First Year in Model United Nations
Students will leave the MUN program as richer, more confident, and wiser people.
What is expected of students? Freshman year, delegates are expected to attend four learning conferences. Most freshmen attend conferences at Mira Costa, Edison, and HBHS. In the Sophomore, Junior and Senior year, delegates must attend four conferences per year. The level of competition rises as delegates’ skills increase. Advisors, Mr. Shaun Haney, Mr. Bill Harmicar and Ms. Melany Aiken Brundage constantly review the conference schedule, registering only for those that are most competitive and best run.
Preparation for a conference requires many hours. The delegate must:
A conference runs from one to four days, often beginning at 8 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m. During this time, the delegate is deep into the role of representing the assigned country on the topic being considered. Take a seat at the back of the room and watch as the delegate advances an assigned country’s position. Although much attention is given to the delegate’s speeches, the skills of compromising, caucusing and forming a consensus are equally important. Stamina and self-confidence increase with every conference.
What is expected of parents?
Parents are asked to support the MUN program in fundraisers, at home conferences, and by providing support to their own student.
By their senior year, even a quiet student has become an effective speaker, an efficient researcher, and an expert in the art of persuasion. “Not my child” you’ll often hear a freshman parent insist. Although lockjaw sometimes continues into the junior year, most HBHS MUN seniors carry-off their place on a delegation with skill and authority. Some are gifted speakers, some excel in caucusing, and others in reasoning and writing—but all are national level delegates.
Most important, MUN students will acquire skills they will use throughout their lives. They will welcome debate, easily muster facts and use persuasion to further their cause. Students will test their strengths and face their shortcomings. Research will soon become easy; writing will be concise and well reasoned. They will travel to top universities, go head-to-head with students from the finest public and private schools in the country, and acquire time management skills an executive would envy.
Is there training available? Yes! Find the answer in the Survival Guide—and—Senior Teachers and Advisors are there to help. A central feature of our MUN program is the senior teaching assistant. Six to ten seniors are selected to help freshman delegates master the skills they will need to compete on a national level—with an emphasis on communication, research and world affairs.
Enrollment criteria into 9th grade MUN is as follows:
For more information, please contact the HBHS MUN Secretariat or Program Advisors.
Huntington Beach High School MUN
1905 Main Street, Huntington Beach CA 92648
Phone: 714-536-2514 Fax: 714-960-7042