SOCOMUN Liveblog: First Conference of the Year and Advice for New Delegates

by KFC on September 25, 2011

“Teaching you about Model United Nations is a lot like swimming…you can’t just stand in front of somebody and tell them how to swim!”
– Advisor John Remmell, Santa Margarita Catholic High School


The South Orange County Model United Nations (SOCOMUN) conference is the first conference of the year in North America and over 1,000 novices and returners were eager to get started at the largest one-day conference in the world. At any first conference, there will always be some nervousness and uncertainty for freshmen and veterans alike. But SOCOMUN does a great job at easing those nerves — as do upperclassmen from many schools who served as student advisors. Check out what advice they have to give to newer delegates!

We asked some of the upperclassmen student advisors from Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Mission Viejo High School, Laguna Hills High School, and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School for advice that they would give to freshmen and newer delegates. Here’s what they had to share:

Delegates jumped straight into action. Many made their first-ever speech and had to negotiate with others in a formal setting for the first time.

The Best Delegate team had a great time too — both Ryan and KFC had an opportunity to run a free workshops for teachers and parents on How to Get Started with Model UN. We’re so excited to bring Model UN to newer teachers and parents and run workshops for students and we can’t wait to do this at more conferences and cities. We really appreciate Santa Margarita Catholic High School and advisor John Remmell for the continuous support of our endeavors to help expand and improve Model UN.

Closing ceremonies is designed to congratulate students for a job well done and to encourage students to continue participating in Model UN. Unlike many awards ceremonies where it is rare to win an award, the awards were plentiful at SOCOMUN and the atmosphere of it all felt like a huge celebration.

Mission Viejo delegates strike a pose at Closing Ceremonies

El Toro students having an awesome time at Closing Ceremonies

Tustin celebrates their students winning many awards

Etiwanda students laugh after winning awards at Closing Ceremonies

Looks like everyone had a fun time! Good luck at the next conference!

And congrats to everyone on the SOCOMUN team!

SOCOMUN staff pose with Santa Margarita Catholic High School advisor John Remmell after a successful conference

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