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Competition Teams

Mock Trial

Mock Trial continues to grow in popularity amongst the kids as well as challenging and competitive program amongst the student body. One of 76 schools in Los Angeles County that keeps yearly in the National Constitutional Rights Foundation Mock Trial program, PVHS has but two years reached within the elite eight. Individual accolades have been constant as well. This year alone, PVHS took home 14 individual awards, including Defense Attorney of the Year, awarded to only one student who exemplifies the skills, demeanor and disposition of a criminal defense attorney.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations is an international program that allows high school and College students to compete and engage in debate about global issues in mock UN committees at conferences throughout the state and country. PVHS MUN students participate in conferences at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Georgetown University among others. PVHS students enrolled in MUN earn social studies elective credit and are also able to satisfy requirements toward earning the prestigious Palos Verdes International Diploma.

“Model United Nations gave me the opportunity to interact with more students in my grade, and upperclassmen as well. I made so many new friends in MUN and that really helped me adjust to high school. It also helped me immensely with my public speaking skills, and it assisted me in engaging in diplomatic discussions with strong viewpoints. Model UN is an amazing program that really contributed to my high school experience” Lindsey Hoffman, class of 2011.

“When I was in the eighth grade and had to choose between Palos Verdes and Peninsula High School, one of the main reasons I came to PV was its strong Model UN program. The Model UN program at PV is a true force for not only educating students, but also for building friendships and relationships that will help guide you through your high school career. From the beginning, whole teams of upper classmen made it their mission to help freshman learn the ropes of MUN. More than that, the friendships made during MUN trips to places like UC Irvine, Berkeley, or Mission Viejo only made the experience all the better. So whether you’re looking for friends, guidance, an incredible learning experience, or more, PV’s MUN program is the place for you.”
—Ryan Low, class of 2011.

Speech and Debate
Advisor: Rebecca K. Jessop | [email protected]
Debate Coach Jonas L.
Speech Coach Ben M.

Speech and Debate has been a growing program at PVHS since its transformation from a club to a 7th period class in 2014. Through the class, students develop and improve upon their public speaking, critical thinking, and argumentation skills. The program is split into two teams, a speech team and a debate team, each with their own coaches and practice schedules. Throughout the school year, both teams compete regularly against 20 other schools in regional tournaments and attend state wide competitions as well.