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Student spends two years painting mural for high school hallway

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A piece of art can represent many things, and a Poinsett County high school senior hopes her work can inspire others.  

Morgan Williams, Marked Tree High School senior, spent two years painting a mural on the walls at her school.

It all started when she was in her ninth grade art class.

Williams said the once sketch was part of an assignment but became much bigger when an administrator saw her work.

“As soon as I finished all of that he told me we are ordering you paint, pick a wall you want to paint, and so I chose this one, and it’s also close to one of my favorite teachers,” Williams said.

The mural incorporates everything including a teacher's favorite quote, a teacher’s tattoo, sports, and academics.

While the finished product was worth it, Williams said dressing up the walls of Marked Tree High School was not easy.

“I would spend some weekends here,” Williams said. “I would spend after school, anytime I wasn’t playing tennis or cheer, it was a lot.”

Williams hopes the art will inspire a bigger purpose.

“I wanted to do something that would make people think we could actually do something,” Williams said. “This is proof that one individual can do something big, and I hope students at Marked Tree High School would actually come together and do something really big for the community.”

Williams plans to attend college following graduation.

“I want to minor in art, and perhaps pursue that, open my own studio maybe later down in the future,” Williams said.  

With just weeks left until graduation, Williams said she is proud of what she is leaving behind in the halls of Marked Tree High School. 

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