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By Marc Lutz 

Senior's art project places emphasis on Tlingit culture


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

High school senior Sophia Hagelman stands next to her completed senior project, a 4-foot by 4-foot painting of a Tlingit-style eagle. She collaborated with students at Evergreen Elementary to create the artwork depicting the school mascot.

Sophia Hagelman discovered a love of art at 9 years old when she saw her mom's sketchbook. She took up the hobby herself and has used those skills to create her senior project.

Last fall, Hagelman completed a painting for Evergreen Elementary of the school's mascot, an eagle. The painting was created with the Tlingit culture in mind and uses the indigenous style of art.

"The elementary school didn't have very much cultural stuff, so they wanted something to put in there," the high school senior said. "I was very honored that I could do that."

She got the idea after talking with the Evergree...

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