The Bloomfield Hills High School Model UN Team was just named the #1 Model UN Team in Michigan for public schools and one of the top 150 teams in all of North America!
"This was another very strong year for our students," said Matt MacLeod, a Bloomfield Hills High School social studies teacher who has served as a coach for the team for years. Mr. MacLeod founded the team to give students this unique learning experience.
Now, many years later, his students have taken Model UN to college with them. In fact, three of the nine student Model UN leaders at the University of Michigan are former Bloomfield Hills Schools Model UN students.
"Model UN is a fantastic opportunity to learn," Anthony Nwagwu, a student at BHHS says. "We had a lot of experienced and successful debaters this year."
"We truly are an amazing team and we are all friends," Emily Smith, another BHHS student, adds. "We've won the state championship four years in a row, so we bring our dedication and our knowledge to this program."
In addition to winning state championships, the team hosted more than 1,000 students for the 22nd Annual Southeast Michigan Model United Nations Association (SEMMUNA) Conference. As the largest high school Model UN event in the state of Michigan, the event attracted 40 student teams in Michigan.
"This is the first time we hosted SEMMUNA in the new Bloomfield Hills High School," Smith says. Nwagwu explains how the new building provides an exceptional space for Model UN events, "The ability to host it here allows us to really cultivate the Model UN community. Our school is very large and each space is built for collaboration. One of the big key points in diplomacy and Model UN is to collaborate with other countries and delegates to fix a world problem. I think BHHS provides the optimum environment to promote that."
BHHS freshman Paul Silaghi just finished his first year on the team. "Through Model UN I learned about collaboration among various countries and how we can all come together to solve common issues."
"We had some crazy topics this year like the weaponization of space that are both interesting and more challenging for our varsity members," Smith adds. Niveytha Nithiyananthan, another member of the team, concurs. "These are topics you don't really think about as in-depth in school, so it makes you push harder."
Congratulations to the entire BHHS Model UN Team and coach Mr. MacLeod!