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Rosau's phoenix art depicts solidarity of community with Trinity

Just as Trinity High School began its recovery from the March 2 fire, artist and long-time Trinity educator Cherie Roshau was inspired to create a drawing depicting the community’s solidarity with the school.

She drew the phoenix — a mythological bird that obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The bird is holding the Trinity Titan symbol in its claws.

“It’s actually almost like the one I did after 9/11 to show respect for the firefighters,” she said.

The 9/11 piece depicts the phoenix arising from a nest sitting on top of the Twin Towers.

“I see the phoenix bird as being the people who are lifting us up,” she said. “The community has been so wonderful, not only Dickinson, but far and wide.”

The phoenix depicts the people who are doing everything they can to lift up their neighbors who have been wounded, she said.

“It’s been very painful for something like this to happen,” she said. “Even if they have nothing to do with Trinity, they are still touched by it.”

Roshau taught art and religion for more than 30 years at Trinity. She currently works as a career advisor for Killdeer High School.

“I’m so proud of the Band-Aid group just coming out of the blue to make this huge commitment,” she said. “I’m impressed with their energy and desire to help. I’ve met so many wonderful people through this,” she said.

Roshau pointed to fellow artist Janelle Stoneking, who is working in collaboration on the background for the phoenix drawing. When complete, the art will be sold at the Band-Aid auction.

Roshau also is working with the Killdeer Student Council to sponsor several fundraisers for Trinity.

“The activities we’re doing are like a drop in the bucket compared to the needs, but every drop of water is important — that’s where the waterfall begins,” she said.

Student Council member Karly Houghton said the council is selling T-shirts in solidarity with Trinity. The council also is holding pop shots every Friday. A student pays $1 to try to make a 3-pointer, and if successful, receives a free can of pop. Members also are asking the community to send donations their way.

“From everything we’ve heard, it was a terrible, horrible disaster and we wanted to help,” Houghton said. “I’m a senior and if that happened to me, I’d be devastated. We decided the fundraisers would be a great thing to do.”