by DARIAN PAYNE
Miner. In the dictionary the word is defined as a person who works in a mine digging for minerals. The El Diamante definition of a Miner is a person, who digs for the best seeking and striving for positive goals while having pride and faith in our school. But what is it that unites us? Is it our pep rallies? Dress up weeks? Sporting events? The Saddle? Perhaps it is all of these factors combined together. But now that the Saddle is gone, what will be come of us Miners?
The truth is that it wasn’t the actual Saddle that united us. Sure, it played a big part in knitting together the fabric but the Saddle isn’t the whole quilt. Miner spirit and pride are what sticks us together as a school; it is something that each of us, parents, students and faculty, share. When we lost the Saddle there was a tiny tear in our fabric; students didn’t know how to react to the damage because it has never happened before, so people lost hope. How do you patch up a new hole when you have no experience in repairing such a tear? Well we simply don’t have to try to repair it. The gap isn’t very drastic and just as long as the rest of the thread sticks together the quilt will be just fine and repair itself over time.
Moral of the story is that just because we lost the Saddle doesn’t mean that we are weak; it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be supportive of our school and it certainly doesn’t mean that we should lose hope or our Miner pride. To be a true Miner we need to be as positive as possible, to cheer at every game weather we are winning by an inch or losing by a milestone. The more positive we are the more united we become.
On the other hand, negativity is a huge downfall. It has been rumored that this year we are becoming worse than any other Visalia team (but I’m not going to drop any names). Our reputation of being the respectful school is diminishing quickly. We used to be the school that everyone looked up to and wanted to be like. Now, that we are losing a little self respect, respect of other schools, pride and spirit we are no longer looked up to. Keeping and protecting our Miner pride should be very important to each and every one of us. Being united as a High School will make us stronger in every aspect and will make high school experiences much more exciting and memorable. We are Miners at heart. We bleed green and blue.