Students Take Home Life Lessons
As we mentioned in a previous blog post, some students from Ellenville High School in New York were given the assignment of reading, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. We were thrilled when they reached out to Mountain Madness and shared some of the essays that the students wrote. We were impressed with the life lessons that the students took away from the book and ultimately the tragedy that took so many lives back in 1996. We thought we’d share with you some highlights from the essays we read.
One of the Ellenville classes
Chris H: “Scott Fischer’s life teaches us to do what inspires us.”
Elizabeth T: “A good book can stimulate us to have great conversations and form opinions about certain events.”
Jessica B: “It’s important to not believe everything you read because many times it’s only one person’s opinion.”
Mona L: “Miracles do happen!”
Paris R: “While an author interviews many people in order to write their book, the stories are still told from one person’s point of view.”
Payge Y: “So much is involved in a summit attempt of Everest: a monetary cost, a physical cost not to mention the toll it takes on the mountain. Given this, it is true that there are some people who should never have even been on the mountain in the first place.”
And perhaps most poignant was Tessa A’s realization of how people react in times of trouble and whether they care for others or only themselves. Tessa believed the best lesson she learned from the book is appreciating life and valuing people.
Thank you again to the teacher, Kristy Wilson and the kids from Ellenville High School for allowing us to be a part of this project!