Nearly 600 delegates from Southern California and the United Kingdom attended the two-day Edison High School Model United Nations Conference this past weekend. The conference itself was also very colorful, with country flags and committee banners decorating the classrooms and the halls — the only thing more colorful was the dais staff’s outfits!
Click below to see what I mean!
Delegation Awards Winners
- Best Large Schools: Mira Costa and Huntington Beach
- Best Medium-Size Schools: Mission Viejo and Santa Margarita
- Best Small Schools: Laguna Beach and St. Margaret’s
(You can see a full list of the conference’s award winners on the Edison MUN website here.)
Led by advisor Brendan Patch and Secretaries-General Mark Christian and Quentin Moscaritolo, the Edison Conference had strong local presence as well as international flair. Many Southern California schools were present, including schools that had attended for years, such as Tustin High School and Cerritos High School, as well as schools with new MUN clubs, such as Beverly Hills High School. But the conference’s special guests were the students and teachers of the Hardenhuish School, who flew all the way from Chippenham, England, to attend the conference.
In contrast to the one-day Santa Margarita SOCOMUN and Cerritos MUN novice conferences that took place in the past month, the Edison Conference was two days long and the first advanced conference of the Southern California MUN season, meaning that delegates were no longer sorted by experience level. For many of the freshmen and sophomores just starting out in Model UN, this conference was their first interaction with more experienced juniors and seniors in committee.
I also noticed that the Edison Conference staff put a lot of work into decorating the rooms, creating banners, and…dressing well! Check out pictures of the conference below!