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Students Honor Marine and Saint Francis Grad


Members of the Art Club at Saint Francis High School paid tribute to Capt. Matthew Manoukian ’01, a decorated Marine who was killed in action in Afghanistan, by creating a large black and white mural in his likeness.

The mural, done in charcoal, was a collaborative project, with participating Art Club members each completing a section. The project was commissioned by history teacher Steve Smith, who fondly remembers teaching Matthew and calls him an American hero. Matthew had dreamed of becoming a Marine since he was a young boy and served four tours of duty. He worked side-by-side in the trenches with the Afghan locals and was making a difference in the world right up to the very last moment of his life.

The students were proud to have created this work of art for the school and for the Manoukian family, who have seen the mural and were touched by the gesture. The completion of the mural coincided with the school’s annual crab feed, a community event that celebrates Matthew’s life and raises funds for the scholarship his family established in his memory.