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Arizona high school teacher gets tattoo to encourage college-bound students


PHOENIX — A teacher at a western Arizona high school went to extreme lengths in order to encourage his students to obtain college scholarships, FOX 10 Phoenix reported.

Joshua Murray, a teacher at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, waged a less-than-usual bet with his students: Get at least a $5,000 scholarship and I will get your name tattooed on my body.

Murray, who teaches college prep to seniors, made the promise nearly two years ago, but today, his body is covered in 28 of his students’ names.

All 28 students received scholarships of at least $5,000, and some even were granted full rides.

The tattoo, which took four hours, contains two columns of names, above which reads: “Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.”

Many students at Agua Fria do not get the opportunity to pursue a college education, FOX 10 reported, and the bond between the teacher and his students was “undeniable.”

“He means a lot to me,” said Sierra Espinoza, one of the students, said in an interview. “He really changed my life. I can’t explain it. I have no words.”

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