Po-Hi Student paints High School Fox

September 14, 2023 | Featured|Headlines

Submitted By KRISTI HAYES | PCPS Public Information

PONCA CITY — Ava O’Neill, a student at Ponca City High School, is now one of many in the area who have painted a fox.

Her artwork is now displayed on the Ponca City High School Fox located at the corner of Overbook and 5th Street.

Her parents, John and Mary O’Neill, purchased the fox and had Ava paint it to reflect each of the clubs and student groups at Po-HI.

Ava said painting the fox, which was done by hand, took her roughly eight months. “I was still in school part of the time so it took me eight months of working on it off and on. I even worked on it in the warehouse without air conditioning during the summer.”

“She was really stressing a lot about the details of it,” said John.

“I was but just got out there and finished it,” Ava said.

Ava also completely started over again on the face details. “I just wasn’t happy with the way it turned out in the beginning so I went back and started over.”

In addition to her parents, four Ponca City Board of Education members, Po-Hi Principal Shane Dent and PCPS Superintendent Adam Leaming attended the unveiling.