Student sets up paintball course
During his adult education U.S. history class earlier this year, Steve Aviles and his classmates wondered what made kids get into trouble.
They determined it was the lack of something positive to do.
“We have nothing to do in Carson other than go to a party and drink with friends,” he said.
So he decided to do something about it.
For his senior project, Aviles, 17, has organized and set up a paintball course to run this weekend at Centennial Park.
“It looks exciting,” he said. “We can have a lot of fun on this course.”
The idea for a paintball course came from his own interest in the game.
“It’s a big adrenaline rush,” he said. “That’s why I play.”
He and his friends usually just find a big open space to play in, usually by the river. However, in planning the project, he found out it’s illegal to do that.
He set about to do it the right way. He enlisted the help of his teacher, Molly Walt, who serves on the Carson City Board of Supervisors.
Instead of finding a single person to serve as a mentor for his project, required by all Carson High School seniors to graduate, the city became his mentor.
He met with the mayor and other city and recreation leaders to get the proper permits and permissions.
“If I didn’t have them on my side, it probably wouldn’t have happened,” he said.
Walt said she is proud of the work he did.
“He has really had to step up, and he’s done wonderfully,” she said. “He’s just so enthusiastic about the project, and I’m excited the city got involved. It’s all positive.”
Aviles and other seniors will present their projects to community panels next week.
As Aviles can see the course coming together and the project nearing its end, he sees the value in the experience.
“It’s tedious and it’s time consuming, but you learn a lot,” he said. “It’s enjoyable.”
After graduation, Aviles plans to join the Marine Corps.
As for Walt, she’s not sure what the extent of her involvement will really be.
“I’m still debating whether I’m going to be brave enough to do it,” she said. “I just don’t know how bad it hurts.”