Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


May 23, 2014

‘Strive for Greatness’

JACKSONVILLE — Sophomore Diego Salazar creates a work of art using grafitti on a blank “canvas” on the Jacksonville High School grounds Thursday – the backside of a 10- by 20-foot cinderblock wall used as practice tennis court.

Salazar, who began the project earlier this week, said he's been doing similar artwork for several years. His art instructor, Cassie Bayless, said that when head tennis coach David Hanna requested the wall be painted, she felt that grafitti not only would be the quickest way to accomplish the project, but also would bring it “into the 21st century.”

“I don't usually let an Art I student do this kind of thing – that's the kind of project someone in Art III or Art IV would do – but I saw his ability,” she said of Salazar. Hanna provided the motto, “Strive for Greatness,” while Principal Tammy Jones' only request was that it be visible from the road, Bayless said.

The sign is located in the field next to the high school tennis courts at the entry of the campus.

“It's the first thing people will see – especially opponent schools – when they visit our school,” Bayless said.

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