Cheltenham High School unveils mural ‘Panther Pride Unleashed’, two senior wrestlers named to PWCA All-State All-Academic team

Cheltenham High School unveiled its new mural, titled “Panther Pride Unleashed”, designed and created by resident artist Amir Campbell and Arcadia University students and faculty.

The mural intends to reflect the diversity of students, faculty, and staff at the high school and incorporate elements of the long and proud tradition of the Panthers.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, April 18 at 4:00pm.

The project began in 2022 when Krista Profitt, adjunct professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Arcadia University and interim director of Arcadia Public Art, called the high school to ask about collaboration possibilities.

“We spent time surveying Cheltenham students about what they thought should be in the mural, and we expect it to be complete in June,” Profitt said in 2023.

The piece was finished by November 2023. You can read Campbell’s statement on the project below:

Arcadia Public Art has completed several projects around campus and the surrounding community over the last few years, including the renovated Glenside Station underpass and the on-campus mural called “Arcadia: Birthed out of Love” painted by Campbell. 

Campbell collaborated with Cheltenham High School’s senior Project Based Learning (PBL) cohort in December 2022. 

In related news, CHS senior wrestlers Corey Bradley and Spencer Epstein have been named to the Pennsylvania Coaches Wrestling Association (PWCA) All-State All-Academic team for the second consecutive season.

The prestigious statewide award is given to wrestlers who meet several points of criteria on the mat and in the classroom.

“Corey and Spencer epitomize what it means to be a focused student-athlete,” said coach Rob Weneck.

Bradley, a team captain and PIAA state qualifier, led the team with a school-record 37 wins and was ranked among the region’s elite all season. He will be attending Elmhurst University (Ill.) this fall and looks to study exercise science while competing for their wrestling team.

Epstein compiled a 14-5 varsity record this season and his third place showing in the league’s tournament helped the team secure its first league championship in almost 30 years. One of the most improved wrestlers on the team, Epstein is still finalizing his collegiate plans and training within the fire department.

“Corey and Spencer have outstanding practice attendance, display commendable citizenship, and consistently strive to earn high academic marks,” said Weneck. “They are exemplary role models for other student-athletes here at Cheltenham and quite deserving of PWCA’s recognition.”

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