Making West Beautiful


Ilse von Heimburg

Check it out! West’s newest mural, created by Holly DiLeo (‘22), can be found outside of the library in the downstairs square.

Ilse von Heimburg, Staff Reporter

Our school is getting a glow-up! Since welcoming back the student body for the start of the 21-22 school year, West has seen some changes to its hallways. One of the changes you might have noticed is the new mural outside the library in the downstairs square. The mural, created by senior Holly DiLeo, features an image of Marsh Creek in a vibrant new palette. Words of positivity and floating butterflies adorn the piece, giving it a graceful appearance.

The project began in August and wrapped up in December. DiLeo initially approached art teacher Ms. Reid with the idea of creating a mural, who referred her to Mrs. Nass, West’s librarian. Mrs. Nass had been wanting something painted outside of the library, and when the opportunity presented itself, she was ecstatic. After going back and forth on ideas for the mural, Holly and Mrs. Nass eventually settled on an image of Marsh Creek, originally taken by Ms. Reid. Because of the rainbow colors used throughout, the mural’s inspiration is a bit of a secret at first glance; but after looking a little harder, students may recognize a beloved part of town.

The entire mural was freehanded, and although the space was larger than expected, DiLeo is thrilled with the final product. When asked about the most rewarding part of the project, she responded, “By far seeing people’s reactions. While I am up on my ladder working, there’s no better feeling than a teacher, student, or staff member walking by and saying how much they love it, and enjoy seeing the progress.” The mural is not Holly’s first; she has also created a mural for DMS.

It is so exciting to see new additions to our school—we need them now more than ever. Congratulations to Holly on her wonderful artwork. I am sure I speak for the entire school when I say it makes a great addition to our hallways!