Fort Herriman Student Makes and Donates 400-Pound Iron Mascot to Middle School

Student Joseph Barwick and his father Brenton pose in front of iron diamondbackIt took 1st Place and Best of Show at the Utah State Fair and now a 400-pound, five-foot tall iron ‘Diamondback’ mascot has arrived at its permanent home at Fort Herriman Middle School. What’s so amazing is that the massive mascot was designed and welded by a 9th grade student at the school.

Joseph Barwick spent more than 200 hours, giving up his entire summer, to construct the giant diamondback snake. The mascot is made of old shovels, parts from transmission shops, plows, scrap pipes, even pocket watches that Joseph was able to find. Joseph did all the welding to create this unique school mascot. It was delivered to the school and presented to Principal Rodney Shaw who was delighted.

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