‘Ignite Your Vision’ ideas advance to judging committee

Ria Parikh | Staff Writer

Twenty one have moved on, but only three will be chosen.

On Friday, February 22 and Friday March 8, the 21 students who were selected by the administrative team will present their Ignite Your Vision ideas to an expert committee, with the hopes that their ideas will be executed.

Ignite Your Vision is a movement initiated this year by the Mason High School administrative team to make changes to the school that directly fit the demands of students. Students submitted their ideas through a public online space where ideas could be voted on and seen by the whole school. From there, the administration chose a handful of projects to move on to the next round.

One idea, submitted by junior Nicholas Flood, was to make the cafeteria more environmentally friendly. As someone who takes an active part in improving the environment with practices such as vegetarianism, Flood said he saw areas for massive improvement in the school’s environmental awareness.

“One thing that’s always bothered me about this school is the amount of plastic waste that I saw. In the market area in the cafeteria, there were just a lot of apples wrapped up in plastic, and oranges wrapped up in plastic, and just a bunch things wrapped up in plastic that seemed useless to me. My idea was to reduce the use of plastic in the cafeteria just to Mason a greener school. We have the money for it, and we pride ourselves on being a school that’s forward in the future, but I feel like we could definitely improve our recycling strategies a lot more.” 

In the future, Flood said he will use the money seek out technology to improve the way the food is served. Flood hopes that in the long run, his idea will make serving food cheaper for the school.

“There are so many ways to make the school more environmentally friendly. Maybe a self-serve thing where the fruit is already cut up and you just scoop it onto a plate or something. Just something like that, and the money would go towards maybe a stand that would hold that or different packaging for the fruits and vegetables.”

Flood said the selflessness of his projects is what makes it a high contender that will hopefully be chosen to put into action.

“I was thinking more about the future of the school and not just the students themselves and making their experience here the most comfortable. Of course, I want them to have a good experience, but I was just thinking about the school’s impact on the environment and I definitely wanted to improve that. It’s less about making our lives easier, and more about just helping the environment.”

Freshman Kyndall Kilgore focused on the academic aspect of the school and proposed class additions that catered to students’ actual interests. Kilgore said she specifically wanted to see more opportunities for younger students.

“I wanted the take the more creative classes in a different direction,” Kilgore said. “I’m actually interested in getting into whittling, but I haven’t started yet, and I thought to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to have a class (offered to my grade) that specializes in that so it would be easier to get into that, instead of going up to my parents and saying “Hey, can I have some tools and some wood?”’

Kilgore said she wants to implement more hobby-based classes to reignite the imagination and creativity that high schoolers tend to lose.

“With the school system and how it’s set up, people go to school, go straight to college, and usually students have this idea of ‘I’m going to either be a doctor, surgeon, engineer, lawyer’, stuff that gets you money,” Kilgore said. “People don’t really focus on things they enjoy all that much. It’s kind of putting the creative back into school–especially high school, when people are graduating, and starting to go into those careers. It’s kind of to bring different options into their head.”  

Junior Judi Hu received a golden ticket for her proposal of
relaxation rooms to Ignite Your Vision.

Junior Judi Hu is one of many students who suggested the idea of relaxation rooms, rooms that students can go to decompress or take a mental break. Hu, inspired by the Hope Squad, said she specifically wants to decorate unused computer labs and bubble rooms to promote relaxation.

“I get really stressed in school sometimes, and it’s nice to know that in school, we have a place where we can feel more relaxed and destress,” Hu said. “I have Mrs. Roth for Comp, and whenever I go in the room it’s always very quiet, super aesthetic, and very cute. It makes you feel better just sitting in there.” 

Hu said she wants to decorate computer labs to try and imitate the environment and comfort of a home, to balance the stress levels of students in school.

“Sometimes when I come to school, I don’t really want to come to school, and I know that school can be a very stressful place for a lot of people,” Hu said. “At home you feel very (comfortable), and I was thinking that there should be a spot in school where people could feel at home or very comfortable, so they wouldn’t have that stress, so they can somewhat look forward to going to school.”

Photo by Tanner Pearson.