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Glenelg student creates bottle cap mural

Glenelg student creates bottle cap mural

A small corner near the art department at Glenelg High School is sectioned off with tape and chairs; behind the barrier, Bethany Ferrick stands over a 12-foot-by-8-foot sheet of masonite, surrounded by bags and boxes overflowing with recycled bottle caps.

"I like the way it's coming together so far," the Glenelg senior said. "I didn't think it would look this good."

Ferrick, 18, is in a rush to complete "it," a mural made completely of old bottle caps, before she graduates May 29. When it's finished, the mural will depict two gladiators (the school's mascot) standing beneath a crowd of cultural exemplars and Glenelg students, and the only part...