OGDEN -- Saint Joseph Catholic High School just donned a bit of a church look.
That's because a stained glass window is now installed in the school's sanctuary.
The window is a gift from senior Ozzie Cruz, 17, who volunteered his time for seven months to create the piece that features the Trinitarian shield.
"I just feel like it will be nice," Ozzie said of his completed work. "When I am older and have kids, I will take them there."
Ozzie said he just fit the project into his busy life, going to work on it whenever a few hours opened up in his schedule.
The window represents an evolution of ideas to address the problem of making the school's sanctuary more secluded.
"Somebody asked that the chapel window be covered so it would be a little more private for when people are praying," said teacher Adrienne Robbins.
The teacher was over a theology class last year, so the solution evolved into including the Trinitarian shield over the window.
She said student Rashail DeMinck, a member of the campus ministry group, originally drew a picture of the shield to put over the window.
The shield represents both the unity and the differences within the Trinity. The shield explains the concept that each of them is needed to form God.
"Ozzie thought it would look gorgeous as a stained-glass window," Robbins said.
And the student had experience with stained glass through his former involvement with Youth Impact.
Ozzie had stopped attending the youth program because of his heavy involvement with soccer. But he said he was willing to go back to create the stained glass for the sanctuary.
Youth Impact art instructor Jan Hall said Ozzie showed a lot of dedication in completing the project. She outlined an extensive process of cutting each piece for the window, putting the pattern together and soldering the different parts.
But Hall said the project wasn't just work as she guided Ozzie along. It was also fun.
"It was fun going to the glass shop and picking out the colors," she said.
"We wanted to be able to see through the glass and into the sanctuary," although, she said, the view would not be a detailed one.
Student Elyse White also helped with the project. She used gold paint to add symbols to represent the trinity.
Robbins said she is pleased that Ozzie could keep working on the project for such a long time.
Ozzie said he owes a lot to Hall for her dedication, too.
"She helped me remember some things," he said. "She taught me a lot. Without her, this wouldn't have happened."
Hall said she appreciates the opportunity to provide life lessons that teaching stained glass affords her every day.
"Stained glass is one of the main things I like to teach the kids," Hall said. "It teaches them to be respectful of other people's work. It teaches them to be respectful of the equipment."