Seniors keep Linfield art tradition alive

Samantha Sigler

Bench photo
The senior bench sits between Pioneer and Riley halls. Seniors Brittani Drost, Beth Turner, Katelyn Tamashiro
and Nora Burnfield volunteered to paint the bench May 25, 26 and 27.


While everyone stayed busy during the last few weeks of school studying for finals, four seniors dedicated their time and effort into keeping a Linfield tradition alive.

Although about 10 seniors signed up to help paint the bench, seniors Beth Turner, Katelyn Tamashiro, Brittani Drost and Nora Burnfield were the only students who showed up to paint the bench and represent the Class of ’13.

The four seniors spent three days painting Linfield’s senior bench through the rain and wind.

The seniors originally wanted to design the bench around the slogan “It’s your Linfield. Welcome home,” which was a prominent slogan their freshmen year at Linfield.

They decided to combine that idea together with an idea that Tamashiro had, which was to paint a quilt made up of the flags of all the countries students are from on the bench to represent how diverse Linfield is.

“I was really glad that everyone worked their ideas together and cooperated,” Turner said.

Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, asked Turner to lead the project after she attended one of the first meetings about painting the senior bench. Turner accepted the request, and is pleased with how the bench turned out.

“Just as we were painting it a lot of people would walk by and [give] a lot of positive feedback,” Turner said. “We’ve gotten nothing but positive comments.”

Samantha Sigler / Editor-in-chief

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