High School Artists Use Their Talents to Benefit Murphy Students
Sabrina Wong and Christen Peterson, members of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) at Wylie High School, used their artistic talent to benefit the community. They spent 11 hours painting a mural that will be used as a photo cutout at Maize Days by the Murphy Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Foundation to raise money to help fund upcoming scholarships.
MCOC Scholarship Foundation proudly awards $11,000 annually in six $1,500 student scholarships and four $500 teacher grants. All six scholarships are awarded to Murphy students. Three go to students zoned for Wylie ISD and three for Plano ISD (the student can be homeschooled). The teacher grants are equally divided between PISD and WISD that serve Murphy students. The Scholarship Foundation was formed in 2007 and has awarded over 50 scholarships and $81,000 since its start.
Wong is a senior. She said she joined NAHS when she was a freshman because, “I was an awkward kid. I tried this to break that barrier. This (NAHS) has allowed me to grow artistically and socially.” Peterson is a freshman and chose to join NAHS because she enjoys the community of it and said, “Why not give back?” One of the main tenets of NAHS is voluntarily using your talents to serve the community.
Jordan Glazer, Glazer Family Dentistry and MCOC Scholarship Foundation committee member, created a general idea of what the finished product should look like. Wong and Peterson took the basic idea and made it their own. Wong said when NAHS members were told of this project, they were told it was for a carnival and was needed quickly, she volunteered. She said, “I didn’t want to leave anyone in a lurch.” Peterson said, “I thought the project sounded like fun. No one else volunteered, so I did.” Wong and Peterson said they enjoyed working with each other and find joy while painting. They feel the finished project is adorable and hope that it makes everyone happy. Edd Waltrip has volunteered to cut the holes for the faces and create a stand for the board.
Farmers Insurance Carolyn Weeks Agency is sponsoring this part of the fundraising effort. In addition to the opportunity to place your face in the holes of this fantastic mural, ‘Punkin’ Pics’ will also have a three dimensional interactive photo prop area.