By Dave Belcher
Moapa Valley Progress
Pirate fans attending events at MVHS Gary Batchelor Gymnasium over the past month noticed a new look to the gym lobby. It was the latest in a series of school facilities remodeling projects by a group who have donated time, talents and money to improve the facilities at the school.
It all started with a new look in the front office with the bow of a ship visible as you enter the doors. Weathered wood and paint give the projects the Pirate look.
The school’s two conference rooms now called the quarter deck and Crow’s nest located were remodeled earlier this school year. During Christmas break gym lobby received its new look.
Logandale resident Stephanie Cannon transformed the foyer into something that is arguably the most exciting entrance in the state. As you walk in you can’t help but notice the sign above the doors headed into the gym itself which reads “The Pirates of Moapa Valley.” The sign was created by Nelson Skinner of Pillar etc. in St George Utah. and donated to the school.
Above the concession stand is a painting which reads, “The rougher the seas the smoother we sail”.
The painting and work for the project was contributed by many. including Stephanie Cannon, her husband Lonnie and her sons Hayden and Kade Bryant.
In addition, school principal Grant Hanevold and his son Logan. Diane Schwartz, Collette Phillipenas, Donna Swanson and Louise and Joe Culler all spent time helping in the transformation.
Brian Rebman and Henry Bradford constructed the sidewalls to give them their look.
Funding for the project came from the Moapa Valley Mortuary, Moapa Valley Boosters Club and other private donations.
Overton Power District donated the poles used on the west and east walls.