"Colt Pride" has been the theme this school year for students at Cottonwood High School, and now they have a fitting symbol of their feelings for their mascot.

Fifty students in the school's art department have created a 96-square-foot mural made of 200 ceramic tiles that depicts two life-size colts charging out of a cottonwood leaf into a desert landscape under a night sky.Each of the 6-by-12-inch tiles was decorated and glazed by Cottonwood students. The tiles were then fired in the school's kiln, not once but three times to get the desired finish, a process that took three months.

The project, designed by Shawn Harris, was finished in four months under the direction of instructor John Fackrell. It was installed by students in time for the last week of classes so graduating seniors could have one more way to remember their high school.