PERU — A local student recently took an eye-opening trip to China and came back with personal honors.
Shayne Donoghue, 17, entering his senior year at Peru Central School, took part in the WE Model United Nations Expo in Beijing.
He was part of the 19-member All-America Model U.N. team organized by College Apprentice.
About 1,800 students from 52 delegations participated in the conference, which ran from July 31 through Aug. 4.
Donoghue represented Finland on the U.N. Commission on Population and Development Committee. He wrote a working paper on an education topic that passed in committee 14 to 3 and one on migration that passed unanimously.
The two topics they considered were the role of education in economic, political and social development and the role of international migration in those same areas.
Donoghue was one of eight members of the team to receive recognition as a Best Delegate, which earned the team five points for each.
Team members also earned six Outstanding Delegate awards, for three points each, and one Honorable Mention Delegate award and one Best Position Paper award, worth one point each.
“Our team won Best Large Delegation,” he said.
In a Global Village event, participants had a chance to demonstrate features of their home country.
A delegation from India gave a memorable demonstration on the annual festival of Holi, held in February or March. It involves throwing handfuls of brightly colored powders, which coat the faces of anyone in the area.
Donoghue said he has remained in contact with some members of that delegation and hopes to attend the actual festival someday.
TOUR IN THE HEAT
Donoghue also took part in the WExplore program, which provided a three-day tour of Beijing before the conference. He said it was more than 100 degrees every day of the trip, with extreme humidity.