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I am a rock, I am an island

November 19, 2010

Mammoth Times Editorial
A place for Mammoth High School students to gather during lunch time is a gift worthy of recognition by the entire community. Some students hang out at Vons during their break; others clamber like goats on the rocks in the High School parking lot. Joanne and Byng Hunt just made the goat option more attractive.

The Hunts took charge of the pile of rocks in the school parking lot, building a stone stairway toward a wooden bench that incorporates an inspiring work of art, a Brian Jones sculpture. Jones said that it is one of his best sculptures, ever, and that seems fitting. The youth of our community deserve our best efforts to comfort and inspire them because only through them can we reach beyond our lifetimes into a better future.

The Hunts enhanced the island by creating an attractive place that redefines “getting benched.” Six feet long and nine inches thick, the bench is big enough to inspire Guinness World Records such as, “most shorn-headed 16 year old snowboarders, who love black labs, sitting on one bench.”

When reporters ask a person’s age, they often hear the same response, “I feel like I’m still 18.” Perhaps they remember how strong and beautiful they looked in their yearbooks. In reality, high school students often feel alone and disconnected from community. They are no longer seen as cute, approachable children, yet their views are not yet as respected as those of an experienced adult.

Sometimes, high schoolers feel this isolation intensely. Whenever that happens to Mammoth High School students, they can retreat to reflect, on a bench, on the rocks. As they sit there they may remember that they are literally supported by at least two community members who remember what it felt like, being a teenager. No man is an island.
Unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of the Mammoth Times Editorial Board. Signed editorials reflect the opinion of the writer.

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