Claremore Daily Progress


April 18, 2014

Catoosa High School artists paint mural to instill respect, inspiration


Catoosa High School students, Devin Jackson and Spencer Plumlee, recently put the finishing touches on a mural that took more than a year to complete. 
The mural is on display in the lobby of the south entrance at the high school. 
“These students worked for more than a year on this project and sacrificed a great deal of personal time with their friends and family in order to create a painting for the family of CHS,” said Lani Hill, CHS art instructor. 
“The idea for the 6’ x 12’ mural was to create a piece of art that would reflect our pride as Catoosa Indians, show respect for Oklahoma’s American Indian heritage, and honor all those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. I am very proud of the legacy they are leaving for students and teachers at Catoosa.”
“We also did another painting to accompany the mural,” said Plumlee. 
“The piece includes a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘Do not go where the path may lead, go where there is no path and leave a trail.’  We felt this quote reflected the message we were trying to present in the mural, and would instill inspiration to future students.” 
“We are fortunate to have a group of very talented teachers leading our students in the fine arts at Catoosa,” said CPS Superintendent, Rick Kibbe. 
“We have an award-winning band program, drama department, and of course our art department. I am grateful to Ms. Hill for developing the concept for the mural, and proud of the students for committing to a project of this size. It will be a great source of pride for many years to come for the Catoosa Community.” 

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