YOUTH PROFILE: Shawnee teen sees trip as learning experience

By Lance Mihm - [email protected]

Sheridan O’Neal

LIMA — Shawnee High School student Sheridan O’Neal learned firsthand that cultures of other nations are quite different in many ways.

Sheridan, 16, was one of nine area high school students who traveled to Japan as part of the Lima Sister Cities program.

O’Neal gave a presentation on his first international traveling experience at Baton Rouge Health Services. The trip included spending time in Tokyo and at a Buddhist Temple carved into a mountainside in Wakayama Ken.

“The interesting thing I learned is that there is a whole different world with different cultures,” Sheridan said.

Sheridan said another thing he noticed was space is crowded with very few empty spaces. He spent some time with a host family, and said that family life is much the same other than homes being smaller and tightly packed.

“I enjoyed the trip, seeing all the nature and scenery,” Sheridan said.

Sister Cities takes a contingent to Japan every two years, a trip Sheridan recommended other students to apply to take.

Sheridan enters his sophomore year with a 3.5 GPA. He is a member of the basketball team and student government. In his spare time, he likes to play basketball and read. Sheridan said he has not decided on a career choice yet, but he is positive that his traveling experience in Japan as being a positive learning experience whatever that choice may be.

Sheridan is the son of Jerome and Sherri O’Neal and he has an older brother and sister.

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By Lance Mihm

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Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409 or at Twitter @LanceMihm.

Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409 or at Twitter @LanceMihm.

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