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January 10, 2012

Mural depicting Joplin High School dedicated

JOPLIN, Mo. — A four-paneled mural depicting the recent history of Joplin High School was dedicated at the Memorial 9th- and 10th-grade Center Tuesday morning. The mural will be moved to the new high school when it is completed in 2014.

Sherry Pettey, of Carthage, painted the panels that each tell a piece of the school's history. The idea for the mural came from Leah Willcoxon, a parent of Joplin high-school students.

Willcoxon said she thought the Memorial campus would benefit from beautification while students attend classes at the temporary building until a new one is finished.

The first panel shows the old building with the Memorial Eagle and Parkwood Bear mascots. The second panel shows the Hope High School sign and eagle carvings following the May 22 tornado.

Depictions of the two temporary high school buildings at Memorial and Northpark Mall and school starting on time on Aug. 17, 2011, were the focus of the third panel; the fourth shows drafting tools and blueprints, a laptop and a Joplin High School emblem.

After the new building is finished, a fifth panel depicting the new facility may be added to the collection, Willcoxon and Pettey said.

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