Merrill High School gains 600 pound blue jay carving Submitted: 10/30/2018
Story By Erin Beu

Merrill High School gains 600 pound blue jay carving
MERRILL - Once you step foot inside Merrill's High School, everywhere you look you'll find blue jays.

But perhaps the largest bird is the newest addition to the school.

But the Merrill School District came across the giant blue jay by chance.

Carver Michael Clark likes to carve different animals in his free time and just happened to create a blue jay this time.

"I had no idea Merrill's mascot was the blue jays," said Clark. "As long as you have a day job, carve whatever you like. It's a hobby."

Clark's hobby led him to create the eight foot, 600 pound blue jay.

"It took 200 hours [to create]," said Clark.

Those long hours led Clark to want to give the bird a permanent home.

"I had no idea what I was going to do with [the carving] once I was done," said Clark.

Merrill High School Associate Principal Brad Potter had a similar thought.

"I wondered what [Clark] was going to do to with that," said Potter.

Potter and Clark are neighbors. When Potter saw what could possibly be a large blue jay carving he couldn't stay away.

"I drove by and said, 'That's a blue jay!'"

After little convincing from Potter, Clark donated the bird to the school in hopes students and staff will appreciate the beauty of his work.

"I'm honored to see it [in the school]," said Clark.

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