Working Toward a Common Spot

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In an effort to raise money for the Senior Breakfast, juniors and seniors were allowed to reserve a parking spot and paint it themselves for $25 or have someone else helping with the fundraiser paint it for $75 total. This was a great opportunity for students to bond with their classes and parents. However, the next day students were shocked to see black paint splattered all over their hard work. Once again, the community united to repaint their spots and attempt to find the culprit responsible for ruining the parking spots. Police are investigating as well as parent Michael Erinakes who is giving a reward of at least $1700 to find the person guilty for the crime.

“Coming to the parking lot Monday morning and seeing all the spots and the looks on my fellow classmates faces was heartbreaking,” senior Morgan Phillips said. “We had all spent so much time and effort on the spots and to see them ruined was horrible.”

57 or more spots were vandalized the night of the crime. Since it took place on school grounds, it can be classified as a felony. Any useful information can be anonymously reported to the Joshua Police Department.

“Fingerprints and video are known to exist” Michael Erinakes said. “It’s only a matter of time before [the culprit] is caught.”

Aside from the parking lot being vandalized, it was still a memorable experience, especially for seniors. Some seniors have stated it made them more aware of how fast high school flies by and the activities and events they’re looking forward to participating in their last year at JHS.

“It reminds me that I still have every day of this year to make memories,” Phillips said. “I think of how many days I have left to pull into my parking spot and it makes time slow down.”

This is the first year in many that students have been allowed to customize their own parking spot, so it is very appreciated. Being given this privilege is another opportunity for students to stand out and be themselves.

“When the parking lot was first built, there were only 6 or 7 seniors who had their spots painted,” community member Kim Kanle Lasater said. “It makes my heart happy that so many are participating and putting their personal touches on them.”

Blistering out in the heat not once, but twice just made the experience doubly memorable. Those interviewed all agreed that it was most definitely worth the time, money, and effort.

“My favorite part was getting to do it with my dad,” senior Danielle Erinakes said, “Even if we had to do it two times. It was a great bonding experience even through the arguing about where a certain line should go.”

Even in unfortunate situations, there is always a way to make the best of it, and that’s exactly what students, parents, and community members did. They didn’t let a cruel act ruin their dedication, but instead united as a whole to help amend the mess as well as attempted to identify the person or people responsible for the unlawful act.

“The people who tried to ruin our spots only brought us closer, not only as a school but as a whole community,” Phillips said. “Although it started out as a negative situation, we quickly changed it to a positive one.”

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