Sandusky Mascot Nearly Decided

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By Wm. Michael Dixon
Tribune Recorder Leader

The contentious topic of the Sandusky mascot is slated to finally be put to bed at the next School Board meeting on November 21st. The committee to pick the mascot has narrowed the selection down to four finalists and is asking for community input before they pick the winner.
The four choices are: Sandusky Phoenix, Sandusky Ravens, Sandusky Raptors, and Sandusky Coyotes/Wolves. Listed below is the thought process behind each mascot according to the committee.
Sandusky Phoenix: The Phoenix mascot is uncommon in the area/state. Our gym could be the nest. A group of phoenix is called an odyssey – could be the title of the student section at events. Elementary school and students could be the chicks/hatchlings. Two syllables fit with our existing cheers. The story of the Phoenix rising from the ashes refers to both our local history of the Great Fire of 1882 and our community’s journey to pick a new mascot. After the fire, the area became the agricultural powerhouse that it is today. While our community’s journey to pick a new mascot has rallied us to come together around something new.
Sandusky Ravens: The Raven mascot is uncommon in the area/state. Our gym could be the nest. Group of ravens is called a conspiracy – could be the title of the student section at events. Elementary school and students could be the chicks/hatchlings. Two syllables fit with our cheers. A raven has Native American meaning.
Sandusky Raptors: The Raptor mascot is uncommon in the area/state. Our gym could be the nest. A group of Raptors is called a squad or pack – could be the title of the student section at events. Two syllables fit with our cheers. Elementary school could be the hatchlings. The Raptor is fearsome.
Sandusky Coyotes/Wolves: The Coyotes mascot is uncommon in the area/state. Some schools who switched recently also chose wolves. Our gym could be the den. Elementary school could be the pups. A group of coyotes is called a band(or Wolfpack) – could be the title of the student section at events. Two syllables fit with our cheers (kai-oats) or wolfpack variants. We have coyotes in the area and historically had wolves. Both choices have Native American meaning.
Submit your responses to sanduskymascot@sandusky.k12.mi.us
The final meeting regarding the change will be held in the Sandusky High School cafeteria on Monday, November 28th.

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