By Zachary Rhine
News and Feature Editor
A select number of graduating seniors looked back on their lives through the revival of time capsules that they buried four years prior.
Mrs. Bethany Mahan, current junior high and former senior high English teacher, returned to the high school on May 3 to assist with what she deemed the “Big Dig.” The “Big Dig” was a one and only time event in Red Lion history where a senior class had permission to dig up a time capsule they buried as freshmen.
One of Mahan’s former students, Taylor Griffith, suggested the idea to Mahan when they were reading the 1983 play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. The time capsule in the play inspired Griffith and her class to bury one of their own.
“It (the play) talks about posterity and life and what really matters,” Mahan said. “One of my students, Taylor, thought about burying a time capsule so that we could see how things change and what really matters to society.”
On a rainy Tuesday in May, Mahan and her students returned to the courtyard where they buried the time capsules, and began digging them up. To many of the student’s dismay, only two of the three capsules were found. The two that were found were heavily water damaged.
“We found two of them, and everybody still stayed excited about the project, even four years later. That was awesome,” Mahan said. “What went wrong was that we didn’t account for nature’s toll.”
Students that buried paper products weren’t able to get those items back. Some items did survive, though, such as baseballs, lacrosse balls, and a necklace buried by senior Jennifer Barshinger.
The group got emotional with the discovery of a picture of former classmate Stone Hill, who passed last summer. The picture was rather damaged, but students still took comfort in the memory of their dearly missed friend.
Other noteworthy items that students retrieved were drum sticks buried by Liz Irvin, a gameboy game buried by Levi Day, and pictures from Red Lion’s production of “Annie” buried by Maddie Smith.
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