• Feb. 26, 2024

    USC students shine at Asia Challenge

    Asia ChallengeThree teams of Upper St. Clair High School students earned recognition at the fourth annual Asia Challenge on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, at the University of Pittsburgh.

    • Roshan Mishra & Rohan Mehta: Outstanding Position Paper (Republic of Korea, Indigenous Peoples' Rights Committee)
    • Jamie Barret & Hayley Zeringue: Outstanding Position Paper (Japan, Sustainable Cities & Communities Committee)
    • Max Gresh & Will Whitman: Honorable Mention Delegation (Republic of Korea, Sustainable Cities & Communities Committee)

    More than 100 local students representing over a dozen schools participated in the event. The Upper St. Clair students were led by Mr. Thomas Yochum, gifted education coordinator.

    “The students on our Model United Nations team used their skills and experience with those conferences to emerge as one of the top delegations at the event,” Mr. Yochum said. “Our research into the simulation's topics and additional reading on current cultural issues facing the Asian continent paid dividends at Pitt.”

    Sponsored by Pitt’s Asian Studies Center, the goal of Asia Challenge is to provide high school students the opportunity to learn about the history, politics, economics and cultures of Asia and the surrounding region through a hands-on simulation. Playing the roles of delegates to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), students engaged in debate and negotiations over pressing issues impacting Asia, the Pacific region, and the world.