Model United Nations Update

The BHS delegation spent a busy weekend collaborating on working papers and passing resolutions within their committees at ILMUNC. I feel like we have spent the entire weekend feeding some very busy professionals as they navigate the challenge of forming blocs and pushing resolutions through committee.

But the BHS Delegation definitely knows how to have fun too! On Saturday night, some of our delegates then capped off their experience at ILMUNC with the Delegate Dance at the Sheraton while others took some time to explore Philadelphia’s sites, including the Liberty Bell.

After final committee sessions and closing ceremonies on Sunday, the entire delegation enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Cheesecake Factory before taking some personal time to further explore Philadelphia and rest up for the New York adventure.

Today has been a marvelous day in New York City. We left Philadelphia around 8 this morning, arriving to NYC in time for a delicious lunch at famed Patsy’s prior to our guided tour of the United Nations. I believe we were all touched by the sacred feel of the UN as an international beacon of cooperation and compromise. Many of our BHS delegates expressed interest in internships and careers at the UN. I hope that continuing our Model UN program at BHS will allow these current students, and future students, understand the fascinating array of careers in diplomacy and international cooperation.

Living the authentic NYC life, we rode the subway downtown to Freedom Plaza to visit Ground Zero late in the afternoon. I graduated from Fordham University in 2002 and have not visited the site since then. After refueling with a good old New York coffee break, some of the delegates joined Kristen and I on a visit to the 9/11 Museum. The museum’s collection of over 6,000 artifacts from the terrorist attacks of September 11 was informative and meaningful to all visitors, even those members of our delegation who were not born in 2001.

While we may be returning to Ojai tomorrow evening, we still have a few experiences to enjoy tomorrow. After eating a big breakfast from Reading Terminal market, the sophomores and juniors will be spending a couple hours touring University of Pennsylvania (Kristen’s alma mater and host of ILMUNC) before we all gather at the National Constitution Center in the early afternoon. As a committed APUSH teacher, no visit to Philadelphia would be complete without paying homage to our US Constitution!

We are all exhausted from the full schedule of the past 5 days, but full of excitement to return home tomorrow and share our adventures with the rest of the BHS community.

That’s the update for now, from I-95 headed south to Philly,


MUN is a geopolitical simulation where students are assigned a role as a delegate of a given country and are tasked with representing that country’s positions and arguments on a topic of global importance. Learn more at