As we near the end of the academic year, most high school seniors begin daydreaming about summer adventures or their forthcoming college life. Not so for a group of PCD seniors. Students in the Senior Art Studio course elected to take on one more project this trimester and hope to leave a colorful, positive impact on the campus.
The library wall near the book stacks will now display a mural featuring five portraits of historic, but commonly unknown figures. "Our plan is to paint five people from history who are relatively unknown but have made a significant contribution during their lifetimes." The group met and brainstormed a list of contenders to paint and collectively decided on the following individuals:
- Katherine Johnson, a NASA research mathematician that solved complex calculations to help lead the U.S. to successfully achieve space flight.
- Yuan Longping, a Chinese agricultural scientist known as the creator of hybrid rice.
- Artemisia Gentileschi, considered one of the most talented and innovative 17th century artists, and a pioneer for women painters.
- Edwin Hubble, regarded as "one of the most important astronomers of all time," he revolutionized our understanding of the universe by discovering countless galaxies beyond the Milky Way.
- Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate is known for her human rights advocacy focused on education and equality for women and children in Pakistan.
Their work does not stop at the library mural. Students are also putting their woodwork skills to the test by creating a new scoreboard for the baseball team. The students will continue to work on both projects this month and hope to have each finalized before they begin their senior project internships in early May.