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Student Paints Mural Hoping to Inspire Classmates in Reaching Their Fullest Potential

It’s a tradition that Burrell High School students know and love. Every year, a senior paints a mural near the high school office, and this year, the lucky student was Lindsay Tate.

Tate, who’s already won a visual art award merit from the Westmoreland Cultural Trust at the Palace Theater in Greensburg this year, was the obvious student to be involved with completing the mural.

“My goal for this painting was to show my school what I can make, starting with a blank wall,” said Tate. “I wanted to showcase my talent, but also prove my worth as an artist.”

Every year, seniors paint the mural in their own style, often incorporating pop culture or other images. Tate, however, wanted to go a step further by creating something her class would find more memorable.

The background of the mural is a mix of a brick facade and a swirling galaxy, in front of which is a painted globe being held up by hands. Scattered along the brick wall are inspirational quotes chosen by students and teachers to help her classmates figure out what kind of life they want to live.

“The hands symbolize my graduating class as we move forward in the world,” said Tate.

However, the mural isn’t only for her fellow graduates. She also intended her message to motivate underclassmen.

“I wanted to inspire younger students and show them that their goals are achievable with hard work put forth,” said Tate.

Overall, Tate was quite pleased with how the mural turned out as well as how accepting her classmates were of her message.

“At the time I first began painting the wall, I was very nervous that it wouldn’t turn out anything like I wanted it to,” said Tate.

“However, after I was all done, I was over the moon happy with how it turned out and how many compliments I received.”

Tate is taking her own message to heart, as she plans on attending Westmoreland County Community College in the fall to get an associate’s degree in fine arts.

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