NAIMUN Championship Weekend: Horace Mann, Mira Costa, WWP-South, and Canterbury Win Delegation Awards

by Ryan on February 19, 2012

The Horace Mann School received Best Large Delegation at Georgetown NAIMUN, which was effectively this year's high school Model UN championship

Georgetown’s North American Invitational Model United Nations Conference (NAIMUN) was effectively the high school Model UN championship conference of the year with so many Best Delegate-ranked teams in attendance. And the delegation awards went to…

  • Best Large Delegation — Horace Mann School (New York)
  • Outstanding Large Delegation — Mira Costa High School (California)
  • Best Small Delegation — West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South (New Jersey)
  • Outstanding Small Delegation — Canterbury School (Florida)

Horace Mann received Best Large Delegation for their third conference in a row, also winning at Princeton PMUNC and U.Penn ILMUNC, and this is what the team had to say:

I don’t have complete awards data yet, but according to my tally, Canterbury won 6 Best Delegate awards, WWP-South received 5, and both Horace Mann and Mira Costa had 4. Stuyvesant High School, the Dalton School, St. Ignatius College Prep, East Brunswick High School, Elmont Memorial High School, and Princeton High School also showed strong performances with multiple awards, including at least 1 Best Delegate award each.

What did you think of the awards? Let us know in the comments!

  • http://twitter.com/OfryShatzky Ofry Shatzky

    The picture at the top for Princeton High School actually shows the delegates who won Best for the Ad-Hoc NGO Forum Committee. However, Princeton High School did in fact also win Best in the Yakuza Committee.

    • Anonymous

      My apologies — thank you for the correction! And congratulations again to you and your team!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Georgetown on running a phenomenal conference! From a competitive school, I can say it was truly great to debate with all these great schools. Those that won delegation awards or were very close obviously put a lot of energy and preparation into this conference and they have reason to be proud. This was my school’s first time debating against Mira Costa and we were very impressed by their delegates speaking, research, and preparation. Now, I truly understand what Ryan and KFC meant when they highlighted their culture of research.

    However, I would never trade in my experience in Model UN for the delegation awards that Mira Costa pursues so pathetically. Despite their successes at this conference, I know my team did not feel jealous at all toward their success; we pitied them. Looking at Mira Costa delegates, who did not get the award they want in tears at awards ceremonies was gut-wrentching to watch. I hope that people reading this site do not emulate them, but instead continue to take value from Model UN for all the right reasons.

    Frankly, it felt that Mira Costa delegates were in an internment camp: constantly being barked at by their coaches or teachers and living in fear of not winning an award. They seemed to be fighting amongst one another within their own delegation for a grade, rather than trying to build a family and community. Many of their delegates commented to those in our club on the brutal, cut throat culture within their club and how they feel it is problematic.

    Despite their impeccably crafted pre-written and memorized speeches and laminates, from my standpoint their delegates truly never learned or grew through this experience. They never were able to experience the joy of thinking on their feet to develop their own creative ideas. Rather than using research as a foundation for intellectual discovery as many top schools do, they shackled themselves to their rehearsed formulas.

    For 99% of delegates attending this conference it offered an opportunity to meet new people, immersion in international relations, and chances for meaningful collaboration. That is the beauty of Model UN: the bonds and connections with people you meet on the way and opportunity to find a niche within the community of a club. People that wholehearted embrace the Model UN experience are the real winners. For Mira Costa delegates, they may have passed their test and gotten the grade they want in their class, but they missed out.

    • Anonymous

      I’m sorry but your information about MiraCosta MUN is mistaken, it is a class but we do NOT get a grade, and the reason any of us are in tears is because we do work so hard and to not get the reward that we deserve for our efforts is as you say “gut-wrentching” *gut wrenching >.>

      • Anonymous

        I was also at NAIMUN, and the people from Mira Costa on my committee told me that they get graded on a bunch of different aspects of MUN (like research and awards)…and its a class at that school right? Don’t you get graded in all classes?

      • Anonymous

        Petty corrections of a well-written paragraph that I found to be mostly true are unnecessary. This comment proves NAIMUNer’s point. Not getting awards that “you deserve” (based on your own criteria), can certainly be frustrating, but there is no reason to cry about it. Awards are important, but you shouldn’t sacrifice the experience of the conference and making new friends for your all-encompassing search for a best that I saw from a lot of your delegates this weekend. Kids on my team came back from committee mostly complaining about how over-agressive and frustrating mira costa kids are, and that wasn’t just a team sentiment. Talking to other kids in my committee, it was clear that your delegates were not well liked across the board.

        • Anonymous

          Sadly, another cheap shot with no name attached. These acts of integrity speak volumes and not in the way the nattering nabobs of negativism think. There is more to say but I will respond appropriately to the character and bravery of NAIMUNer soon enough. To Mr Johnson and others thanks for stating what you know to be true.

          R Timberlake
          MCHS Co Advisor

          • Steven

            Mr. R Timberlake,

            I agree with you on that Mira Costa delegates do work hard. Although every school has it’s ups and downs, your school, is one of the best out there. Noting your no name attached concern, I am a student from Cerritos. Congrats on your awards. I think the petty rivalry between our schools needs to be stopped and I hope this helps.

    • Anonymous

      http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_19512029

      This article I think is very revealing

    • Mark Edwards

      Sorry that every school does not compete by your definition and by your methods. Your post is not needed and you don’t need to insult a school that is good at MUN because you didn’t win. You obviously do not come from a southern California school. Those delegates research, write, and give speeches non-stop in preparation. I competed against them back in the day and they were our top competition at every conference (I went to Huntington Beach HS). They work harder than most delegations at preparation and it shows in their conference practices and their winning record. Mira Costa is a proud program and if you don’t like their practices, deal with it.

    • Anonymous

      What I find consistently surprising and concerning in many blog responses on this site is that Model UN delegates who profess to be participating in Model UN for the “right reasons” so often feel very comfortable in speaking out against other schools so unfavorably. They are quick to pass judgement based upon on their own limited perceptions as to the actions and experiences of other students, coaches and teams.

      If the goals of Model UN participation are to learn about the world, understand and entertain multiple perspectives, gain an appreciation for other cultures, meet and create relationships with other students, and develop excellent communication and leadership skills (to name just a few) then it seems that belittling and or condemning the “culture” that exists at any school would be counter-productive and completely opposite of what Model UN is supposed to be all about.

      It is difficult to understand why someone who professes to entertain positive MUN values would choose to attack another school’s MUN delegates and culture.

      NAIMUNer states: “This was my school’s first time debating against Mira Costa and we were very impressed by their delegates speaking, research, and preparation.” Couldn’t the reason be that the kids from Mira Costa are so skilled and competent is because they absolutely do “embrace the Model UN experience” just as NAIMUNer calls for?

      I would imagine that there are nearly as many MUN “cultures” out there as there are schools who have Model UN teams. Would it be acceptable for Model UN delegates -who participate in Model UN for the right reasons- to attack the cultures of the countries that they encounter in committee or in the real world? I would hope not. Then why the rush to attack the culture of a Model UN team that has been so successful for such a long time? I know for a fact that the kids on Mira Costa’s team take pride in “being a family” and in participating in a genuine community of learners.

      Mira Costa, Dalton, Horace Mann, Port Charlotte, Chicago Lab, J.P.Stevens, West Winsor Plainsboro South etc. etc. have every right to determine what THEY do, how THEY do it, and what THEIR team’s desires and expectations will be. It is THEIR business as to the culture they create. And when a team creates a culture that leads to long-term success, then one has to admit that that culture clearly works for that group, simple as that. If a team doesn’t cheat, doesn’t work against the fundamental goals of Model UN- as in mistreating other delegates in committee or stooping to unsavory tactics just to win- then who is to argue with what the culture they have created?

      And if a team like Mira Costa puts in the tremendous effort that they consistently do to prepare to perform at their best, then should it be any surprise that there might be disappointment if their goals are not achieved? I can assure you that they were not deserving or desirous of anyone’s pity.

      The experience was THEIRS, and theirs alone. It really is not for anyone who is not involved in their program, who does not have first hand intimate knowledge of their culture to pass judgement as to the team’s reaction to their completely understandable disappointment. When a team sets a standard as high as Mira Costa, and so consistently reaches that standard, to not achieve what they have worked so hard for can hurt, frustrate and more importantly, motivate.

      Does anyone think that the kids from Horace Mann, Canterbury, W.W. South and others didn’t prepare incredibly well, and didn’t “compete” at a high level with a desire similar to Mira Costa’s- to rise to the level of excellence in the eyes of the Secretariat, their school’s coaches and their own teammates?

      If the leadership teams at conferences publish certain behaviors, capacities and skills as the accepted criteria necessary for a student’s performance to be considered exemplary (and recognition worthy), then why would someone want to fault delegates for actively and fervently trying to meet the expectations laid out by the conference staff?

      If the exact behaviors called for by conference leadership are the very same behaviors displayed by delegates, then how can anyone fault those delegates for adhering to and exemplifying those behaviors?

      The kids from Mira Costa clearly have nothing to be ashamed of. As NAIMUNer says: “we were very impressed by their delegates speaking, research, and preparation.”

      No one at Mira Costa or any other school to my knowledge is forced to participate in Model UN. Students make a choice to join a team and they continue through the years to make the decision to stay on the team.

      Ultimately, what will really provide legitimate evidence of the character and spirit of Mira Costa’s delegates will be their willingness to go back to school, and to prepare just as diligently -as they always have- and just as passionately for their next conference, even though there is no guarantee that such preparation will bring ultimate success. The character that the delegates from Mira Costa will show will provide irrefutable evidence of the strength, perseverance, and validity of their program/culture. Strong character and a commitment to excellence is exactly why they have been so successful for so long.

      And let’s not overlook the fact that Mira Costa achieved a level of excellence yet again that so many other programs can only dream of. They came in a close second to another absolutely outstanding team/program/culture in Horace Mann.

      Please don’t attack any schools or delegates for their intensity and passion for Model UN, and try not to profess knowledge of things that you really have little no real insight into. To all of you MUNers- keep up the hard work.

      • Ashley Inman

        Preach it!

      • Anonymous

        Well worded: I agree overall. Some kids on my team had a personal problem with delegates from Mira Costa, but it is your prerogative if you wish to teach mun in the fashion that you do. The only thing that frustrated me personally was the unwillingness to compromise that alot of mira costa seemed to have, but that may be untrue about the general team.

        • Steven

          Agreed, some students from my school have had issues with Mira Costa students, but I personally don’t. Some past actions may have been questionable, but each school has its share of questionable actions and I think we need to see that those students don’t necessarily represent the entire program or mission of the program.

    • Anonymous

      I have never before found it necessary to comment on any website or blog before reading this surprisingly in depth comment. While winning an award is a nice incentive for Mira Costa Model United Nations, if one reads the article you posted further down this page they will find this quote from Mira Costa’s adviser- “We love to be competitive, but at the end of the day, if students are not gaining a better understanding of world issues and not becoming better human beings, then I think we’ve failed miserably.”
      I’m sorry that you thought that Costa’s methods weren’t the best. However, I personally thought that delegates who came into the second day of debate with multiple pages of resolutions weren’t debating by the true spirit of Model UN either. But that’s not why I am writing this comment I’m writing this because you stated that Costa delegates don’t embrace the true spirit of Model UN and build a community within the program. I am curious how you are able to reach this conclusion by seeing people disappointed at an awards ceremony.
      So for anyone who was able to come to that conclusion please allow me to clarify something. On the Mira Costa campus there are many clubs and extracurricular and of all the organizations on the campus Model UN students are some of the closest. Since I was a freshman in high school I have known that my fellow MUNers always support each other and I hope I have adequately returned the favor. I am confident that if I am in need of support of any kind I have a group of people on campus who will provide that, and that group is my fellow Mira Costa Model UN students.
      In conclusion, I don’t see why posts like these should be necessary, these comments should be a forum for people to share they positive experiences they had at a conference. Personally, I made some great friends all over the country who I intend to keep in contact with and have already talked to since the end of the conference. So instead of demeaning other delegate’s experiences I hope that we can actually share the fun times had last week and the work that was accomplished through teamwork, compromise and debate- or in other words the true spirit of Model UN which I think all delegates should strive to emulate.

    • Christoph Neumann

      That truly is the beauty of Model UN: the bonds and connections with people you meet on the way and opportunity to find a niche within the community of a club.

      Yes NAIMUNer, you are right, that is the beauty of MUN, but what you seemed to have looked over, is that it is a beauty that Costa MUN shares.

      Only members of a bonded and connected team would be able to perform a Maori war chant before every conference.

      Only members of a bonded and connected would be able to wake up at 6 a.m every morning, 2 hours before most student go to school, in order to be on the MUN team.

      Only members of a bonded and connected team would be able to spend dozens of extra hours practicing in class so they can perform at their best.

      Only members of a bonded and connected team would be able to spend many sleepless nights, preparing before a conference so the team can perform at their best.

      Only members of a bonded and connected team would spend extra time and extra money so they could look their best, debate at their best, and perform at their best

      Only members of a bonded and connected team could set the standard that Mira Costa sets, then meet and exceed that standard time and time again.

      Only members of a bonded and connected team could be the family the all the members of Mira Costa MUN are.

      Yes NAIMUNer, you are right the bonds and connections are the true beauty of MUN, but what you are wrong about is that Mira Costa has not found that beauty.

    • Anonymous

      I am a delegate from Mira Costa High School, and quite frankly the attitude taken by NAIMUNer stems from very asinine generalizations. I thank him for stating that he was impressed with the achievement of our school, but am astounded that he had the audacity to attempt to publicly put down the achievements of the Mira Costa MUN program. The culture of research stems from the fact that we hold each other accountable for information. Our teachers have no qualms in ripping apart everything that we say, as they expect us to have an answer for every question, and a question for every answer. This stems from the culture of excellence that permeates the city of Manhattan Beach which we hail from. One only has to look at numbers such as the median income, the fact that Forbes has ranked Mira Costa High School as the 6th best high school in the nation, and the fact that that ESPN has ranked the athletics as 11th best in the nation, just to name a few. The strive to perfection should never be put down, and if you do something, you should win. If your not first, your last is a mantra that we all believe in. As for grading, our teachers grade us on our preparation for the conference, such as by roasting us in front of 80 other students, but never because of the award that we received.

      I really do not recall seeing delegates from my school crying over their results. And as for intra-delegation competition, we all recognize that the depth of our knowledge and the quality of our solutions as surpassing 99% of people from other schools. This is not an arrogant statement, but just reality as we are all held accountable for information every day. We are also not a club, so that statement was completely devoid of fact. The cut throat nature comes from the fact that we do not expect failure, and that we do not give second chances. You are either ready, or you are not.

      Furthermore, the “impeccably crafted pre-written and memorized speeches and laminates” are just examples of what we do to prepare. When NAIMUNer talks about the “experience [of] the joy of thinking on their feet to develop their own creative ideas,” he is just talking about trying to come up with unrealistic and often-false ideas to just wing-it. The reason that we prepare is because we know that our solutions have fact in them, and are not based upon the incorrect perceptions of reality that catch the committee’s attention. To say that the preparation lacked creativity in just ignorant.

      As for the statement about “99% of delegates” seeking the “opportunity to meet new people, immersion in international relations, and the chances for meaningful collaboration,” our school completely believes in that. However, we are just driven to win with the same amount of dedication as we are to having fun. One only needs to look at the delegate dance. While kids from other schools were just awkwardly shuffling around, Mira Costa Delegates (as they always do) dressed up in crazy outfits, ran in screaming into the center of the dance floor, and stirred up a commotion. Mira Costa has always been the most fun school at the conference, and we also perform very well. I really do not see how we are part of the brutal cut-throat nature as NAIMUNer described.

      On top of all this, I really do not think that we missed out. We all got to experience Washington D.C. for a few days in addition to having a great time at the conference. When NAIMUNer implied that Mira Costa Delegates were jealous towards every school, that was again a sign of ignorance. Our school applauded the other schools, and recognized that we will just have to kick it up a notch. Furthermore the point about most delegates in committees not liking our school, that was proof of jealousy towards us. On BestDelegate.com, Mira Costa was described as an aggressive school while some other schools were described as using diplomacy. We would like to protest this distinction, as diplomacy and “niceness” are not mutually inclusive. We believe in diplomacy to mean being fair, as we never resort to things like pre-written resolutions. As for “niceness” we have no qualms about pointing out every single flaw in other delegates ideas, both from our school, and from other schools. We expect other schools to do the same to us, instead of trying to be “nice” by allowing unqualified ideas come into resolutions.

      NAIMUNer, whatever school you are from, I really hope that you are not a reflection of the ideas of your school. That would be an insult to them. The reason that our school does silly things like chanting and singing songs is to build confidence, which we apply to our pursuit of excellence. Our grades are decided beforehand, when we team build by exploring the city of the conference, not through our performance. The half-witted sophomoric generalizations about our school that you made have no fact in them whatsoever.

      Please think delegate. If you have a problem with our school, could you please state your name and your school, as we would love to answer any objections that you might have towards us, in an effort to foster better relationships. Model UN is just one part of what our delegation does, and we do not take kindly to statements such as what you have just made. Rather than congratulating the conference and other delegations, we pity you for having to resort to statements bred out of envy such as the ones you have just made.

      We are all proud to be a part of Mira Costa Model United Nations.

    • Anonymous

      I would like to begin by saying that as a delegate of Mira Costa Model UN, I thank NAIMUNer for their recognition of the preparation and communication skills that we have worked so hard to cultivate as a standard within our program. However, it is absolutely necessary that NAIMUNer recognize the errors and misconceptions they have made about our program, our delegates, and our beloved advisors.

      1. NAIMUNer stated that “Looking at Mira Costa delegates, who did not get the award they want in tears at awards ceremonies was gut-wrentching to watch”. NAIMUNer obviously does not understand the commitment to Mira Costa Model UN and Model UN that each Costa delegate has. For months leading up to a conference, each of our delegates logs hours upon hours of preparation so that we will be able to bring INFORMED, ACCURATE, and REALISTIC information and solutions to a debate. So if you see a delegate from our school crying (And may I just point out that I was actually with the delegates from my school, and all accepted the outcomes of NAIMUN stoically and with integrity) it is because they have poured their heart, soul, and knowledge into a debate and are disappointed in an outcome that they did not predict- yet every Costa Model UN delegate accepts the outcome of a debate and sees each defeat as an opportunity to learn and develop.

      2. Next, NAIMUNer stated that Costa delegates “[were] constantly being barked at by their coaches or teachers” and that Mira Costa Model UN is like an “internment camp”. Our advisors, Robert Timberlake and Wayne Knudson, are outstanding men and this outrageous, damaging claim against their characters is unacceptable. These two men have without a doubt had the most important formative influence on the development of my character as a delegate and as a person. These two men drive their students hard, which has undoubtedly been the reason that Mira Costa Model UN has been consistently ranked among the top MUN schools in the nation for the past decade. Mira Costa delegates love their advisors, and we can go to these men for help with anything. And in regards to claims that we “[live] in fear of not winning an award”: I do fear not winning an award. I can personally claim that at every conference I have attended recently, I have been prepared enough and have performed at a level high enough that I would fear the injustice of not being rewarded for my efforts. Any Costa delegate would feel the same. But make no mistake, Mira Costa Model UN is not about winning awards, awards are a byproduct of the intense skill and preparation that we present at conferences. The ultimate goal of Mira Costa Model UN is to become an educated member of society and to have fun by learning about the problems of our world and how WE can help to end them. If you need proof of this NAIMIUNer, look to the quote by Robert Timberlake in the article you posted, or look to the prestigious positions held by Mira Costa Model UN alumni.

      3. Then NAIMUNer claimed that Mira Costa delegates “seemed to be fighting amongst one another within their own delegation for a grade, rather than trying to build a family and community”. We do not fight each other, but rather attempt to represent our countries’ policies accurately, and if those policies happen to contradict each other, then we will do the best to debate as if we were from any school. And I can assure you that no Mira Costa delegates ever harbor negative feelings for delegates from our school against whom they are competing. Costa delegates relish in proving themselves to their team-mates and advisors and it is this spirit that allows us to enjoy our time in committee, our victories, and our losses so much as a team. The claim that our team does not operate as a “family” is the most offensive comment NAIMUNer has made. I will have you know that our Model UN Class is in fact called “The Family”. I can rely on my fellow delegates for anything and if you ask anyone on the Mira Costa campus, they will tell you that Mira Costa Model UN is one of the most tight-knit groups at our school. Possibly you saw us at the delegate dance, where not only we stayed in a group that had the most fun together, but when three of our delegates, myself included, were struck in the eyes by the insides of a glow-stick thrown by a delegate from another school, our entire team of 42 delegates rushed me and two of my close friends to the bathroom, where an assistant to our advisor rushed us to the chemical eye wash station, and then to the ambulance. Out team is most definitely a family that has the utmost respect and support for each other.

      4. NAIMUNer also stated that Costa delegates “never were able to experience the joy of thinking on their feet to develop their own creative ideas”. Our ideas not only are creative, but they are based in fact. Working papers and resolutions that are sponsored by Mira Costa delegates include legitimate, existing solutions and how we can improve working frameworks and NGOs. This strategy allows us to present solutions that have proven themselves in the real world, something that is often ignored when delegates try to make up “creative” solutions.

      5. As to NAIMUNer’s last claim that Mira Costa delegates “may have passed their test and gotten the grade they want in their class”, I would just like to clarify how Mira Costa Model UN works. It is a class and we do receive grades, but an award at any conference has no influence on the grades we receive in the class. The grade we receive is based on evidence of our preparation, presentations of our skill, and our behavior during the trip. To say that we are merely looking for a grade in the class is insulting to our character and to our commitment to Model UN as an institution.

      I apologize for the length of my response, but I feel it was necessary to fully represent the love and respect I feel for my fellow delegates, advisors, and Mira Costa Model UN. I would appreciate it if NAIMUNer would please step forward and divulge his/her name and school, so that further communications can be more direct and more specific.

      For the good of the order, it is great to be a part of Mira Costa Model UN.

      Jack Rosenberg

    • Anonymous

      We are stunned by the psychic interpretations of NAIMUNer and their shallow assumptions of our program and what we commit to. We have no excuses’ for what and how we do Model UN. If teaching American Foreign Policy and the world through realistic simulation is wrong then we are an awful program. If actually seeing topics and people as being real and deserving of correct interpretation then we are pathetic. If not writing or recycling voluminous pre written resolutions is wrong, we are guilty. If not being completely out of national policy in order to “win” is correct then we are incompetent.
      Perhaps, just perhaps researching and organizing pertinent information on laminates (we do handouts also) is an asset. Every student makes their own for every conference by nation and topic. Even more crudely we choose in the true spirit of Model UN, to push realistic solutions, as they relate, to policies of the nation we have been assigned, a rarity these days. We also avoid the dungeons and dragons mantra for crisis simulation as showing worth. Just a heads up, as intended by the actual creed of MUN and founding of Model League of Nations almost 100 years ago, learning through “realistic” simulation is to prevent the mistakes of the past. I’ll forgo the history lesson because it may be a bit overwhelming for such a deep individual who relies on the accuracies of innuendo and gossip.
      We do not hide from hard work, serious learning, practice and commitment to doing an assignment properly. We openly encourage “sweat equity” and merit as a way of being on our travel team to go and compete. We are certain many universities and businesses would endorse the above myopic behavior. We are also positive that many quality MUN clubs and academic programs do the same. As competent pedagoists we also insist that our students read, break down and use information from Spanier and Hook’s American Policy Since WW II, The Financial Quarterly, NYT, The Economist, Frontline documentaries plus CIAO.com to accrue critical thinking skills. We take pride in practicing the fundamentals of speaking, writing, informal communication and team building.
      Some of our kids were disappointed but not devastated at awards. They also understand how subjective these things can be. We teach that too. Unless mistaken, for 49 years NAIMUN has always been a competition. The ability to throw stones is the act of a shallow person. We will not comment further on the stone thrower who hides in purposeful anonymity. Apologies only for the rushed appearance of this response.
      R Timberlake
      MCHS Advisor / Moderator

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gabriella-Catalina-Armato/651750368 Gabriella Catalina Armato

    @NAIMUNer:

    I truly pity you.

    You have misconstrued passion for obsession, dedication for servitude, and having the strength to push beyond your potential for pathetically pursuing an award. You, my friend, have missed the beauty that resides in Mira Costa Model UN: spending long hours compiling research so that we can gain true insight into the topic at hand, rather than a vapid and opaque understanding; developing viable and in depth solutions and being able to communicate them with a myriad of people, rather than propagating grossly vague generalities for solutions or becoming introverted by your own inadequate research and preparation; and having the ability to bounce back every time we fall and truly savor the competitive nature of Model UN, rather than sit back passively session after session.

    I am not writing this to change your mind about Mira Costa, NAIMUNer. I am writing this out of respect for the program that I truly love, for the advisors that I respect with all my heart, and for the delegates that are like a family to me.
    I was genuinely offended by your remarks about our advisors. Without them, we would not be who we are today. T and K are one of the few individuals who do not settle for “good”. They do not insult us by allowing us to be an inadequate shadow of what we are or what we can be. From them, we have learned to turn failure into a burning motivation to improve and relish the ecstasy of success.

    So I ask you, NAUMUNer, and all those who have the misfortune of maintaining such a misconception, do not pity those who care about what they do, because that’s precisely what the world needs.

    For the good of the order, it’s great to be a part of Mira Costa Model UN.

    • Horace MANN-POWER

      @NAIMUNer (clever!)
      @Gabriella Catalina Armato (dumb name)

      I truly truly truly truly pity you.

      why? cuz you “relish the ecstasy of success”. I win all the time; it’s no big deal. you guys just lose most of the time so winning once in a while is like a gettin a fix after a long time without his fix

      I like what Naimuner was saying. Gabriella, of course, being a sore L0S3R jus has to put on airs of being all high and mighty, but for the record mira costa ate silver. They just can’t handle east coast mun. well actually, if you remember that they are a public school and stuff, they’re actually doing pretty good, so kudos to you guys there for getting this far, but hey, you can’t honestly think you can swim with the sharks. (b/c mustangs can’t swim LOL- that’s their school mascot)

      As a general rule of thumb, MUN on the west coast has devolved into a “vapid and opaque” full of shallow, poor people who go to slum schools and join gangs and ingage in degenerate life. I have beeen in committee with many mira costa delegates before; i would know. They come to committee with their stupid kiddie laminents, like it’s 5th grade or something.

      I’ve also been at dances with mira costa delegates, and let me tell you, mira costa guys have TINY TINY ITSY BITSY TINY —- because they are all B—-s over there at mira costa (LOL). and the girls are all s***. They all want to get up on my gargantuan **** and at the NAIMUN dance alone i got over 20 costa girls in my pants from various mira costa girls becaue they’re all stupid and jsut come to dances to get with a real {horace] MANN’s.

      Peace out. East side

  • Anonymous

    Mustangs thanks for your efforts, NAIMUN thanks for the conference and hard work. Congratulations to HM on being this years best school. No more comments are necessary from MCHS as it concerns any of the negative replies below.

    K & T

  • Anonymous

    Like NAIMUNer, I also come from a highly competitive Model UN club and this conference was my first time competing against students from Mira Costa. For a long time, I’ve always thought it was unfair to be competing against students who took Model UN as a class and so who had far more resources and time to prepare for conferences than members of a student-run club. Interacting with MCHS delegates, I did see in some of them a sort of unhealthy competition that NAIMUNer touched on. Yet in no way do I think they deserve to be judged as he or she so decidedly did.

    NAIMUNer has no right to brand Mira Costa as an “internment camp” without any grounds to back such a ridiculous claim up. Reading the comments of Mira Costa students below, as well as members of rival schools, it’s evident just how much love and care they pour into their club. I recognize now, that even as I dismissed the competitive attitude of Mira Costa, am I any different? I, too, have been distraught when chairs inadequately rewarded the hard work that I’ve put into a conference, not out of a desire for personal glory but because of the lost chance to contribute to my club’s success. If Mira Costa’s “Family” is as much a source of communal pride as the comments below suggest, then perhaps it was NAIMUNer who missed out on a chance to adequately see how. True, I’ll continue to laugh about their laminates and personalized brief cases. Yet, I can’t have anything but admiration for the dedication and determination they directed towards fostering a substantive debate.

  • Anonymous

    Like NAIMUNer, I also come from a highly competitive Model UN club and this conference was my first time competing against students from Mira Costa. For a long time, I’ve always thought it was unfair to be competing against students who took Model UN as a class and so who had far more resources and time to prepare for conferences than members of a student-run club. Interacting with MCHS delegates, I did see in some of them a sort of unhealthy competition that NAIMUNer touched on. Yet in no way do I think they deserve to be judged as he or she so decidedly did.

    NAIMUNer has no right to brand Mira Costa as an “internment camp” without any grounds to back such a ridiculous claim up. Reading the comments of Mira Costa students below, as well as members of rival schools, it’s evident just how much love and care they pour into their club. I recognize now, that even as I dismissed the competitive attitude of Mira Costa, am I any different? I, too, have been distraught when chairs inadequately rewarded the hard work that I’ve put into a conference, not out of a desire for personal glory but because of the lost chance to contribute to my club’s success. If Mira Costa’s “Family” is as much a source of communal pride as the comments below suggest, then perhaps it was NAIMUNer who missed out on a chance to adequately see how. True, I’ll continue to laugh about their laminates and personalized brief cases. Yet, I can’t have anything but admiration for the dedication and determination they directed towards fostering a substantive debate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zander-Daniel/100002135252424 Zander Daniel

    What was really interesting us at Horace Mann was seeing the approach and culture of one of the premier (if not the premier) West Coast school. Model UN is at its crux a learning experience, and just as I’m sure Mira Costa and other top schools do, we approach every conference as a learning opportunity. As at any conference, any good, committed school brings certain attributes to the table. Mira Costa certainly did not disappoint. We were truly humbled by the way they out-researched and out-prepared us. Despite the end result, we came to terms that we have a long way to go as a family. From our end, we would love to have a dialogue with other schools, especially Mira Costa, about how you perceived our performance and ways that we can improve. Model UN on the East and West coasts are obviously very different, but we really hope to learn and grow from one another. Moreover, we relish the chance to attend conferences with premier programs and build our schedule around where other schools are going and their views on conferences; we would love if anyone is interested in letting us know which conference they are attending next year. Again, we were honored to have the opportunity to debate with all the incredible schools present and thanks to Georgetown for a fun, stimulating conference.

    Sarah Gertler (sarah_gertler@nullhoracemann.org)
    Daniel Brovman (daniel_brovman@nullhoracemann.org)
    Zander Daniel (alexander_daniel@nullhoracemann.org)
    Zoe Rubin (zoe_rubin@nullhoracemann.org)

    • Anonymous

      Feel free to contact anyntime. We would gladly share the who what and why of our philosophy. Feel free to dabble as desired. I can also have our SG touch base with you.

      Best to you guys in future MUN events

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000357229596 Matt Sena

      I am a Costa Sophomore, and this warms my MUN heart. Thank you Zander, you are the man! I can’t wait to debate with you guys again. Your delegates in the WHO were solid delegates and very nice people. Best of luck to all of you, and congratulations on taking home the gold!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for this comment. You all are a class act.

    • Anonymous

      Zander:

      Port Charlotte would very much like to participate such a discussion. Thanks for the initiative.

  • Anonymous

    Personally, I cannot and will not agree with Mr. T and Mr. K in their attempt to impede on their students from voicing their concerns with NAIMUNer. I have always felt that discussion is absolutely necessary, and furthermore, it does not lead to name-calling, hatred, or malevolence, but rather to consensus building and further understanding of the general populace. Yes, that does sound rather philosophical, but the fact of the matter is East Coast Model UN is very different than West Coast Model UN, and their differences need to be discussed so both coasts can learn from each other. I am extremely happy that Ryan Villanueva, KFC, and bestdelegate.com have provided us the forum to discuss as it is one of the only methods that promotes this kind of discourse.

  • Horace MANN-POWER

    @NAIMUNer (clever!)
    @Gabriella Catalina Armato (dumb name)

    I truly truly truly truly pity you.

    why? cuz you “relish the ecstasy of success”. I win all the time; it’s no big deal. you guys just lose most of the time so winning once in a while is like a junkie gettin his fix after a long time without drugs.

    I like what Naimuner was saying. Gabriella, of course, being a sore-a$$ L0S3R jus has to put on airs of being all high and mighty, but for the record mira costa ate silver. They just can’t handle east coast mun. well actually, if you remember that they are a public school and stuff, they’re actually doing pretty good, so kudos to you guys there for getting this far, but hey, you can’t honestly think you can swim with the sharks. (b/c mustangs can’t swim LOL- that’s their school mascot)

    As a general rule of thumb, MUN on the west coast has devolved into a “vapid and opaque” full of shallow, stupid, poor people who go to slum schools and join gangs and ingage in degenerate life. I have beeen in committee with many mira costa delegates before; i would know. They come to committee with their stupid kiddie laminents, like it’s frickin 5th grade or something.

    I’ve also been at dances with mira costa delegates, and let me tell you, mira costa guys have TINY TINY ITSY BITSY TINY penises because they are all bitches over there at mira costa (LOL). and the girls are all sluts (albeit, hawt) and skanks. They all want to get up on my gargantuan **** and at the NAIMUN dance alone i got over 20 costa girls in my pants from various mira costa bitches becaue they’re all stupid and jsut come to dances to get with a real {horace] MANN’s.

    Peace out. East side.

  • Horace MANN-POWER

    @NAIMUNer (clever!)
    @Gabriella Catalina Armato (dumb name)

    I truly truly truly truly pity you.

    why? cuz you “relish the ecstasy of success”. I win all the time; it’s no big deal. you guys just lose most of the time so winning once in a while is like a junkie gettin his fix after a long time without his fix

    I like what Naimuner was saying. Gabriella, of course, being a sore-a$$ L0S3R jus has to put on airs of being all high and mighty, but for the record mira costa ate silver. They just can’t handle east coast mun. well actually, if you remember that they are a public school and stuff, they’re actually doing pretty good, so kudos to you guys there for getting this far, but hey, you can’t honestly think you can swim with the sharks. (b/c mustangs can’t swim LOL- that’s their school mascot)

    As a general rule of thumb, MUN on the west coast has devolved into a “vapid and opaque” full of shallow, stupid, poor people who go to slum schools and join gangs and ingage in degenerate life. I have beeen in committee with many mira costa delegates before; i would know. They come to committee with their stupid kiddie laminents, like it’s 5th grade or something.

    I’ve also been at dances with mira costa delegates, and let me tell you, mira costa guys have TINY TINY ITSY BITSY TINY c***’s because they are all B******s over there at mira costa (LOL). and the girls are all s*** (albeit, hawt). They all want to get up on my gargantuan **** and at the NAIMUN dance alone i got over 20 costa girls in my pants from various mira costa bitches becaue they’re all stupid and jsut come to dances to get with a real {horace] MANN’s.

    Peace out. East side.

  • Horace MANN-POWER

    @NAIMUNer (clever!)
    @Gabriella Catalina Armato (dumb name)

    I truly truly truly truly pity you.

    why? cuz you “relish the ecstasy of success”. I win all the time; it’s no big deal. you guys just lose most of the time so winning once in a while is like a gettin a fix after a long time without his fix

    I like what Naimuner was saying. Gabriella, of course, being a sore L0S3R jus has to put on airs of being all high and mighty, but for the record mira costa ate silver. They just can’t handle east coast mun. well actually, if you remember that they are a public school and stuff, they’re actually doing pretty good, so kudos to you guys there for getting this far, but hey, you can’t honestly think you can swim with the sharks. (b/c mustangs can’t swim LOL- that’s their school mascot)

    As a general rule of thumb, MUN on the west coast has devolved into a “vapid and opaque” full of shallow, poor people who go to slum schools and join gangs and ingage in degenerate life. I have beeen in committee with many mira costa delegates before; i would know. They come to committee with their stupid kiddie laminents, like it’s 5th grade or something.

    I’ve also been at dances with mira costa delegates, and let me tell you, mira costa guys have TINY TINY ITSY BITSY TINY —- because they are all B—-s over there at mira costa (LOL). and the girls are all s***. They all want to get up on my gargantuan **** and at the NAIMUN dance alone i got over 20 costa girls in my pants from various mira costa girls becaue they’re all stupid and jsut come to dances to get with a real {horace] MANN’s.

    Peace out. East side

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