Seniors Shed Light on the Stories of PVHS Students

Kyle Ahn, Writer

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Here at PVHS, everyone has a story. These stories can be hard to find or be unheard of to the whole school. This is where social media site, Humans of PVHS, comes into play.
Seniors Max Stafford and Tim Fox lead the storytelling for students to hear about the members of our Sea King family via Instagram and Facebook.
“It’s a way of connecting our students with people they probably wouldn’t talk to every day

Photo courtesy of Max Stafford.

,” Fox said.
Humans of PVHS post stories about twice a week and they get these stories simply by word of mouth in the halls of PVHS.
“We’ll just be observant and people will suggest us to talk to somebody,” Stafford said. “It’s very casual, like if you want a story to be told, just come up to us.”
Even though there may be students with incredible stories, they may not be as willing to share as others, but Stafford and Fox don’t take it as much of an obstacle.
“At the end of the day, we are essentially the messengers,” Fox said. “It is how they want their stories to be heard.”
Chris Crump and Dilan Mistry founded Humans of PVHS three years ago, and after graduating, they handed down the torch to new leaders. Stafford, being a part of Humans of PVHS and Live From 205, has become more passionate about storytelling than ever.
“I really wanted to take this to the next level and I believe we really took it above and beyond more than I would have ever expected,” he said.
Fox grew interested in being a part of this storytelling process after telling his own story for Humans of PVHS his junior year.
“The way my story was shared through them, it made me think like, ‘I want to be a part of that.’”
These seniors really wanted to use this platform to bridge people together as human beings.
“There is so much division in society today everywhere we look, so anything that can bridge a gap between people that may not associate with each other is more important than ever before,” Stafford said.
Fox also believes that by using Humans of PVHS, misconceptions about others can be corrected by learning about their background.
“It can change the social aspect of our school in such a positive way,” Fox said. “There are reasons why people are the way they are and we can give you that knowledge about your peers.”
The root of why Humans of PVHS exists is because Stafford and Fox want to make a difference in people’s lives through telling these stories. The glorious victory, the difficult battles, and the different ways of life: these experiences can be used to bring hope and inspiration to people.
“As long as one person makes a connection or has a difference in their lives, that’s all that really matters and we’ve done our jobs,” Stafford said.  “We want to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.”

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