Claremore Daily Progress

Education

April 18, 2014

Catoosa High School artists paint mural to instill respect, inspiration

CATOOSA —

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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