GHS art students pay tribute to injured hometown hero

About a dozen Gloversville High School art students recently completed a project in tribute to a man they never met, but felt a connection to because of his roots in the Gloversville community.

picture of high school students painting boulderHigh school art teacher Jason Harrod was asked by a former classmate if he would create a project in support of Dan Licardo, an alumnus of GHS who graduated in the 1990s. After graduation, Licardo enlisted in the military and became a Navy SEAL. As a member of the elite SEAL Team 6, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In early September, Licardo suffered serious injuries in an automobile accident near his home in Texas that included the loss of both legs, which had to be amputated. He remains hospitalized on what is certain to be a long and difficult road to recovery.

picture of boulder painted white with words "Stay Strong Dan Licardo" and tattoo design skeletal outline of lizard After learning of Licardo’s accident, Harrod approached several students in his advanced art and advanced drawing classes to help him paint one of the large boulders on the high school campus in tribute to the Gloversville native. It didn’t take long for the students who worked over two days to paint the rock with the hashtag #staystrongdanlicardo along with a tattoo design that Licardo had on one of his legs.

picture of students standing in front of painted boulder“My students did not hesitate to help with this project,” Harrod said. “Their enthusiasm and willingness to volunteer during their study halls and during lunches – some even brought their food outside to eat and paint – to finish the project was really exciting to see.”

picture of student artists standing before painted rockAccording to Harrod, although many of his art students are in different grade levels and have diverse interests, all agreed that it was important to show their support for a hometown hero.

The students who volunteered for the project include: Kayla Nipper, Eli Durham, David Lyons, Alanna Dimartino, Olivia Blanchard , Kaylie Sturgess-Mansell, Laquisha Buchanan, Tara Renzo, Sierra Horton, Ashley Allen, Harmony Philo, and Zidora Richards.

For updates on his recovery, visit the “Stay Strong Dan Licardo” Facebook page.

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