Linda Pacheco mural design earns Ansonia Post 353 scholarship

Ansonia American Legion Post 353 Commander Jennifer Anthony (R) presents Ansonia High School incoming junior Linda Pacheco (L) $1500 scholarship for winning mural design contest. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

ANSONIA – Ansonia American Legion Post 353 awarded a $1500 scholarship to Linda Pacheco for designing a mural that soon will adorn the Post’s building facing the town’s ball diamonds for everyone to enjoy.

“I am very grateful for receiving something like this,” Pacheco stated. “It’s a big honor to me. I’ve never done anything like this, but I am glad I can be a part of this American Legion and an ambassador in a way.”

Ansonia American Legion Post 353 unveils new mural designed by Ansonia junior Linda Pacheco. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“It is a beautiful mural,” said Ansonia Post 353 Commander Jennifer Anthony. “Ansonia Legion is always very generous with sports and academics, and we thought perhaps we were missing out on an aspect of achievement that needed to be rewarded. We believe the Arts deserve that recognition.”

Pacheco, the daughter of Heidi Pacheco, is an incoming Ansonia High School junior. She is studying commercial arts at MVCTC and plans to receive her Art Certificate and attend Kent State University for Fashion Design. She said she loves Language Arts, writing, drawing, and poetry and likes to write creatively.

“While making the mural, I wanted to incorporate meaningful elements, so I added some poppy seeds and poppy flowers,” she said. “I added the symbolization of the past and present veterans who have served our country and have passed away during the war. I also incorporated both a male silhouette and a female silhouette to acknowledge them.”

“We all came up with this idea of the mural which will be beautiful and the town will be able to see it, you will be able to view it from the ballpark,” Anthony shared. “Wintrow Signs will be putting the vinyl mural up. It will be Linda’s design; she can sign it when it’s on the building. We are very proud of her. She’s a winner already.”