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Creswell High School’s student leadership team helped provide a unifying display at the school with a mural commemorating the unique – and shared – struggle to achieve their academic goals during the pandemic.

Lilly Heltman, who will be entering her senior year and was one of the mural’s main designers, said the Native American woman, the purple camas swale flowers, and the handprints are representative of “everyone who has gone through this tough time.”

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“It’s like having a piece of us here,” Heltman said. “We wanted everyone to be a part of it.”

The mural adds color and togetherness to the courtyard of CHS, as each of the four handprint colors represent a class of students – including the staff, which contributed navy blue handprints.

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Lori Naugle, student leadership advisor, said the quote they painted conveyed the resilience of the student body to keep pushing for its goals despite uncertain times.

“It’s about hanging on and not letting go,” Naugle said. “They put a lot of time into it.”