Nickterns Kick Off School Year With McKinley Elementary Mural

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

McKinley Elementary School students began school on Monday with a colorful new mural on campus. Created by Nickelodeon’s current group of college interns, or Nickterns, the mural was formally celebrated with a school-wide assembly on Thursday, August 20.


“The intention was to represent teamwork,” said Nicktern Lauren Patterson, who designed the mural. “We want the students to look at the mural and be inspired to work and play together.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Nickterns spent many hours during the week of August 10 through 14 creating the artwork at the school site.

Nickelodeon’s current group of Nickterns include: Tenaya Anue (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)), Andranik Aslanyan (Woodbury University), Victoria Bachurska (Vassar College), Natalie Bacon (Loyola Marymount University), Morgan Bailey Keaton (DePaul University), Gabrielle Bricker-DeCaro (University of Michigan), Raj Brueggemann (University of Michigan), Kassey Cordova (Woodbury University), Katherine Duffy (University of Southern California (USC)), Jasmine Eusebio (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)), Jonathan Finn-Gamino (California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)), Emily Fitzpatrick (University of Pennsylvania), Audrey Gray (Indiana University), Kacie Hermanson (New York University (NYU)), Davey Jarrell (University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USC)), Nathanael Jones (University of Washington), Carly Kaplan (Emerson College), Sara Kipin (Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)), Tiara Little (Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)), Madison Mitchell (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona)), Tamanh Nguyen (University of Washington), Lauren Patterson (Art Center College of Design), Faith Schaffer – Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Marylea Wold (Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)), Serena Wu (Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)) and Owen Zidar (University of Notre Dame.)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I was so excited to hear that Nickelodeon had chosen McKinley for a mural,” commented McKinley Elementary Principal Liz Costella. “Carson, Amy and the interns were amazing. The mural is beautiful and is an incredible addition to our campus.”

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Carson Smith and Amy Wu at Nickelodeon coordinated the project with the school.

“It is perfect and looks like it should have always been there,” added Costella. “We are so grateful to Nickelodeon and the interns for this amazing gift.”