Wednesday Aug 22 2012
Students seeing yellow
By: Roxie Rice, Special to Colfax Record
Class of 2013 'Yo Yos' leave their mark
Each graduating class at Colfax High School adopts its own color – the CHS class of 2013 is the "yellow class.” They call themselves "Yo Yos,” an acronym for You're Only Yellow Once. On Aug. 15, as the high school resumed classes, the Class of 2013 left its mark by decorating fences, signs, cars and even the statue of Schuyler Colfax in shades of yellow. The seniors must be aware that Schuyler Colfax was a prominent politician and a great proponent for the Transcontinental Railroad who visited Colfax by means of stagecoach in 1865. When Schuyler Colfax traveled to town, he could not have known that, almost 150 years later, the only known statue erected in his honor would be adorned by high schools with a yellow smiley face and caution tape, all while a high-speed locomotive sped past. No doubt that the Colfax High School "yellow" class of 2013 have been studying their history books. Some may see the prank as mere happenstance ornamentation of the Railroad Street statue. However, it seems the seniors put great effort into symbolically representing both the town's namesake and themselves. The statue was fittingly adorned with a welcoming and festive lei around his neck and a grass skirt – carried, not worn – symbolizing discriminating judgment, growth and far away places. The smiley face suggested universal happiness and success, all layered with a discerning hint of caution tape surrounding the assemblage. The YoYos of the class of 2013 brought some of the color yellow’s optimism, enlightenment and happiness to the community on the first day of high school classes, in a respectful and lighthearted manner.