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The Program

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.

The Costs

Clothing and Materials Costs

Students must attend four conferences a year. The suggested dress for a conference delegate is business attire.

  • For Boys — a suit, sport coat or sweater, shirt, tie & slacks.
  • For Girls — a tailored dress, suit, or skirt and blouse.
  • All delegates should wear dress shoes and have a carrying case for materials.
  • They should also have access to newspapers, news magazines, the Internet, and the library.

What is the annual MUN Program cost? A donation of approximately $150 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

  • For a portion of each semester, a given topic will be assigned to the class. The topic selected will be ones that are legitimately of concern to the United Nations. Each student will be assigned to represent a nation.

  • It will be the student’s task to learn through research the actual views of the assigned nation on the topic. Students will learn to write resolutions from the point of view of their assigned country.

  • During long, pressurized sessions, students will learn the arts of caucus, diplomatic persuasion, bargaining, and extemporaneous public speaking.

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 Mr. Ryan Pringle 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:

  • Know the assigned country’s history, politics, and current position on world issues.
  • Examine what the UN has already done about the committee’s topics and keep informed about new developments.
  • Formulate solutions and submit them in the form of resolutions.

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.

The Rewards

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.

Freshman Guidance

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

Enrollment criteria into 9th grade MUN is as follows:

7th Grade English Language Arts CST
Score of 375 or above
8th Grade 1st Semester History
Grade of A or B
Gates MacGinitie
at or above grade level: 9.6 or higher
8th Grade Teacher suggested placement
from study and work habits.


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

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