Submitted by Kathy Trujillo

A service project that was more than one-year in the making is nearing its finale’ as the Mineral County High School’s Chapter of the National Honor Society complete the principal’s patio project. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony which will be conducted by NHS President Juliet Hernandez and members of the chapter.

The incomplete history of the high school patio has relics of its past sketched in concrete dating back to 1978 when Delbert Cornella was principal. The Cornella Family Trust generously donated to this project. Other artifacts include insignias from the Class of 1976 and 1993 and names of students who worked on the patio through the years. The 2018-2019 project has consisted of hundreds of volunteer hours from NHS members, high school students, staff members and alumni. School Superintendent Karen Watson, an alum of MCHS, has provided roses for a newly installed walkway and Eric Hamrey, Mineral County Public Works Director, whose name is etched in the history, provided gravel and a large, decorative rock. School District Maintenance Supervisor Tom Gallegos and alumni Joe Carlos and Robert Elsassar worked side-by-side with the students in assisting with painting, landscaping and moving truckloads of debris.

The project will qualify for the National Honor Society’s Outstanding Service Project competition as it provides a safe space for students to assemble, eat breakfast and/or lunch and encourages school pride. ,The ribbon cutting is scheduled as part of the conclusion of the annual Armed Forces Day Celebration festivities and visiting alumni, and community members are invited to attend.

The principal’s patio is located behind the main building at the high school, 601 A Street. The NHS will accept donations towards the continuing improvement and maintenance of the patio. For information contact Kathy Trujillo, NHS Adviser, 316-0388.