Students at RAHS find the spirit rock, donated by the class of 2015, uninspiring and many never even see it.
“Personally, I feel that the spirit rock is a little underwhelming,” said junior Henry Crockett. “I feel that the current state of our spirit rock doesn’t quite represent the spirit our classmates have for our school.”
Some students doubt the placement of the rock; some students don’t even know where it is. Without students being able to see the rock, the effects aren’t really known.
“I’m not sure how much it does improve school spirit but that might be mostly because it’s a little hidden and not very visible,” said Crockett.
Even ASB advisor Sarah Fitzpatrick questions the value of the 2015 senior gift.
“I might say ‘yes’, I might say ‘no’,” said Fitzpatrick. “It just depends on how much you value the spirit rock.”
With the lack of excitement about the rock, some wonder why RAHS even has it.
“The original intention of the spirit rock was to obviously promote school spirit. A lot of other high schools have them and the graduating senior class [of 2015] who donated the rock, felt it was important that Aviation share in that same kind of experience,” said Fitzpatrick.
At least for some observers, the rock does have a limited visual appeal.
“I guess, for me,” said Fitzpatrick, “it’s always fun to see how different classes paint or decorate the rock and seeing them get excited or getting excited about painting or doing something new to it is always a fun thing to see when you you drive in in the morning.”