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Mural Depicts History of Judson


Student Content By Gabrielle Ponds

Judson Rockets are known for their massive

amount of school spirit when it comes to

sports. Recently, our baseball teams have re-

ceived extra affection from Mr. Marcus

Vann’s graphic

design and Mr.

Jay Trees’ agri-

culture classes.

These teachers,

and their stu-

dents, poured

tons of effort in-

to a marvelous

billboard that

now illustrates

past players, and

decorates the en-

trance of the Judson baseball field for every-

one to see.

Originally Mr. Trees’ idea, he was inspired to

begin this project when he saw a sports ban-

ner at another high school and wanted one

created for Judson.

“It’s pure Rocket pride,” Trees said.

After bringing a basic design to Vann, they

worked with each other to come up with a

concept. Mr. Vann recruited twelve of his stu-

dents to work on the design of the billboard.

“I though it would be good for the students,”

Vann said. “It is something they could be

proud of.”

The process involved sketches, collaboration,

and plenty of work with Photoshop. Mr. Vann

knew he had plenty of talented students that

could take this challenge, and turn it into

something great.

“I just knew they had it in them to bring it to

life,” Van said.

Two months later, that is exactly what they


After com-

pleting the

design, Mr.

Vann, his stu-

dents, and the

entire campus

are now able to

admire how

well every-

thing came to-

gether. After

sharing the fin-

ished project with Mr. Trees, the design was

sent to 1st Source Digital to be printed.

Within six hours, Mr. Trees’ class managed to

install the billboard by screwing it in and hav-

ing maintenance weld the frame that sits be-

hind it.

“It’s a chance to show what students can do at

Judson High School,” Trees said.

School spirit isn’t just about hollering at a

baseball game; Judson has helped to prove

that. Now, thanks to Mr.Trees’ and Mr.Vann’s

classes, the campus is now adorned with a

billboard that honors our past, present, and

future baseball players.

Mural at Judson HS Baseball Field: The brainchild of Jay Trees and created by Marcus

Vann, both JHS teachers