CLARK — This spring, the Arthur L. Johnson High School weight room received a much needed update as student Samantha Ring volunteered her time and skills by updating and beautifying the weight-room walls with paintings and motivational quotes.
“Art is my passion. When I was participating in the Ironworkers and using the weight room for training, I felt the room needed something inspirational on the walls,” said Ring. “I brainstormed with Mr. Del Conte, and came up with this mural for the wall, using the school mascot as the subject. My friend, Mrs. Del Conte, helped me through the process. When students use the weight-room after I have graduated, I hope they will be inspired by my artwork to be the best they can be.”
Christopher Marcin, who is an established teacher of art and graphic design at Arthur L. Johnson High School, along with being the head winter and spring track and field coach, said “Samantha did a great job. I love seeing my students create artwork throughout the school. It really brings a sense of school pride.”
Gus Kalikas, supervisor of athletics, health, and physical education at the Clark School District, said “Samantha kindly donated her time and effort in order to help the Crusader Athletic Family. It was a wonderful act of selflessness that Samantha has shown which speaks to her great character and devotion to the Arthur L. Johnson Crusader school culture. The Crusader weight room, and all of Arthur L. Johnson High School, is a better place because of her.”