Parsons HS seniors make mascot mosaic for a senor project


A senior project at one Southeast Kansas high school has kids of all ages coming together to show their school pride. Jensen Riley says it began as an idea in her drafting class at Parsons High School, but it’s grown to much more than that.

She told me it started as an idea with her drafting teacher, and a challenge to use to her creativity. Once the idea was in place, she needed help. And she found it, from kindergarten through her fellow seniors.

“We knew that it was going to take a lot more than just one person to get this done on time,” says Andrew Farris, senior, Parsons High School.

In fact, it’s taken students from the high school and elementary school to bring this project to life.

“Basically all of the grade school kids in our district colored a piece of paper for me and I’m hanging it up behind us,” says Jensen Riley, senior, Parsons High School.

Jensen Riley says it started as a senior project for her.

“This is for my drafting class. I’ve been in it all four years of high school and the teacher came up to me and was, like, ‘I have an idea, and you can run with it if you want to,’ and I was, like, ‘OK, let’s go for it,’” says Riley.

Jensen says the grade school students make great team members, once they knew what they needed to do.

“I was able to get an example set, and once they were able to see what was going on they could understand it pretty well,” she says.

Jensen says over her high school career, she’s learned about architecture in her drafting class, and thanks to support from her teacher, she was able to take that and add in some artistic flair.

“So I was able to use all the same programs I normally do, and kind of just bring in the mascot and go with it,” says Jensen.

By the time she and those who are helping her, like fellow senior Andrew Farris are done, a total of 605 squares, each colored by a grade school student, will hang on the wall in the gym.

“I did not think it was going to look this good at first, but the elementary school art teacher actually really helped with the kids, getting them to get the right sizes and shapes and it’s actually turned out to look pretty good,” says Andrew Farris.

And Jensen says it’s even exceeded her expectations.

“Oh, it’s ten times better than what I envisioned it to be. I wasn’t expecting it to look this much like a viking, like, I figured it was going to look good, but this is beyond anybody’s expectations,” says Jensen Riley.

Jensen says the plan is to have the mosaic done by this Friday evening, with the Parsons Vikings hosting the Labette County Grizzlies in a rivalry game. Tip off is set for 6:30 that evening for the varsity girls game, with the boys to follow 20 minutes after that game finishes.

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