Submitted by Kathy Trujillo
Members of the community, alumni, administrators and members of the National Honor Society held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, May 19 at Mineral County High School. The ceremony celebrated a year-long effort to renovate the Prinicpal’s Patio as part of the honor society’s service project. NHS President Juliet Hernandez led the program with Principal Jeff Wales and Superintendent Karen Watson offering remarks.
Special recognition was offered to the many individuals and organizations who helped complete the project to include Mineral County School District’s maintenance crew: Tom Gallegos, Joe Carlos and Robert Elsassar, Mineral County Public Works, Mineral County High School staff, GEAR Up and JAG programs and Yvonne Lee, from Ace Hardware. Members of the National Junior Honor Society were also on hand for the ceremony and contributed a yellow rose bush toward the project.
The patio will be submitted for recognition as part of the annual service project competition for National Honor Society’s throughout the United States. Completion of the project honored the 40th anniversary of the start of the patio in 1978 as well as recognizing the efforts of the Leadership Class of 1993.
Principal Jeff Wales acknowledged the project as one that provided a safe place for students to congregate and Superintendent Watson noted that the NHS project was able to catch the vision of Del Cornella, principal of the high school in 1978.