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Atwater High School students’ courthouse murals honor Law Day in Merced

Merced County Superior Court Judge John Kirihara  unveils a mural by Atwater High student Citlaly Ramos during Law Day on Friday. Ramos and  Cristal Preciado, Elizabeth Mobley and Daniel Paramo  were selected to  create murals based on the importance of the Voting Rights Act.
Merced County Superior Court Judge John Kirihara unveils a mural by Atwater High student Citlaly Ramos during Law Day on Friday. Ramos and Cristal Preciado, Elizabeth Mobley and Daniel Paramo were selected to create murals based on the importance of the Voting Rights Act. vpatton@mercedsunstar.com

The walls of the Merced County Courthouse just became a little more vibrant, thanks to four talented young artists from Atwater High School.

Students from the high school gathered with judges and court staff to unveil four murals painted by their peers in recognition of Law Day, under the theme “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” According to the Library of Congress website, Law Day was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to draw attention to the principles and practices of law and justice.

The students who painted murals are Citlaly Ramos, Cristal Preciado, Elizabeth Mobley and Daniel Paramo. The murals will remain on display in the main lobby of the courthouse for two years.

Linda Romero Soles, the court’s executive officer, said this is the third year the court has participated in the art program; a different school is selected every year. “It’s something that’s important to the court, too, to educate the students,” Romero Soles said.

Robin Thomas, an Atwater High art teacher, said the students had roughly three weeks to create the murals in class. “All of these students have really excellent art skills,” Thomas said. “I am really proud of my students, and I think they did a good job.”

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