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Halliburton execs, community leaders tour Innovation Hub in Duncan

DUNCAN — Making art has changed Jadyn Seeberger’s life. And for that, she’s grateful.

The Duncan High School senior got the chance this week to share some of her favorite paintings and drawings with a roomful of business, education and philanthropy professionals — and to thank them for their generosity in helping her process family trauma and even healthy relationships through her artwork.

On Friday morning, DHS students led a tour of the school’s new Innovation Hub, a STEAM lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), funded by the Halliburton Charitable Foundation and the Opal Lowry Trust.

From the front of the Innovation Hub’s renovated art room, Seeberger explained the technical aspects of her work, from brush stroke texture to color contrast. She said she’s glad “Art” has been added to what has more traditionally been referred to as simply STEM.

“Art is typically looked down on, so to see this happen is really cool,” she said. “It means a lot to know the community donated to improve our art program.”

Duncan Public Schools Superintendent Tom Deighan said the development of the Innovation Hub shows the district takes STEAM education seriously.

“Coding is the language of artists now,” Deighan said. “(The lab) truly integrates both arts and sciences.”

Halliburton executives, along with state legislators, Duncan Public Schools administrators and representatives of the Duncan Public Schools Foundation, went from room to room, listening to brief presentations on student projects.

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