Which high schools have the best Model UN team in America? The Best Delegate team decided to answer this question and devised a methodology to come up with our Top 25 Standings. The standings are based on results as of March 21, 2011 which allowed us to capture results from NHSMUN. The standings reflect only team performance at conferences and not the overall quality of a high school program (i.e. it does not measure if a program has a class or hosts a conference).
Here is the list of the top 11-15 high school Model UN teams. Most of these schools either won a Best Large Delegation award or its equivalent at a “Most Competitive” conference or won many awards at some of the top conferences in the country to put themselves a notch above those that placed in the top 16-25. Check out which schools made the list!
America’s Best High School Model UN Teams: Top 11-15 Standings (as of 3/21/11)
11. Richland Northeast High School (South Carolina)
Richland Northeast doesn’t get a lot of press throughout the season because there are not many major conferences in the Southeast, but they sure know how to shine against the best on the biggest stage. The team won Best Small Delegation at NHSMUN — an award that they have consistently won in the past 20 years — again this year.
12. Cerritos High School (California)
Cerritos High School has long been one of the strongest teams on the high school Model UN circuit. They had a younger team this year, but that didn’t stop them from winning Outstanding Small Delegation at NHSMUN and from sharing Best Large Delegation at Berkeley BMUN with California rivals Mira Costa High School and Huntington Beach High School.
13. Huntington Beach High School (California)
Huntington Beach is another team known for winning awards. They didn’t travel as much this season and their strongest win was sharing Best Large Delegation at Berkeley BMUN with California rivals Mira Costa High School and Cerritos High School. They also won a Best Large at the competitive Mission Viejo High School MUN conference (although it didn’t factor into the standings per our methodology).
14. Cambridge-Isanti High School (Minnesota)
Cambridge-Isanti’s team motto is “no excuses” and the team knows how to back that up. They only attended two conferences this year, U. Chicago MUNUC and Michigan UMMUN, and they made the most of it by winning numerous awards at MUNUC as Russian Federation. MUNUC does not give out Best Delegation awards, but by our unofficial count, the team would have placed second or earned an “Outstanding Large.”
15. Highland Park High School (Illinois)
Highland Park won a best delegation award at NHSMUN and and came in 2nd at U.Chicago MUNUC last year. They don’t have the same awards this year, but their results are still solid — they won Best Delegation at Illinois-Chicago’s CIMUN and had numerous delegates win awards at NHSMUN.
Check out the rest of the standings with the top 16-25!
What do you think about the schools that made our Top 25? Make sure to check back on March 30th for the top 6-10!