By: Karla Llano Reyes, Staff Writer
James River High School decided to change our mascot for the first time in over 10 years. This was a surprise to us because we have had the Rapid Man as our mascot for so long, but the change was made because his costume was known to be frightening to children.
The new change wasn’t only a decision that the students got to choose; others involved such as the PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) and faculty.
“The PTSA approached the junior class and asked us to gauge the teachers’ and students’ opinions on the current mascot, the Rapid Man,” English teacher Christopher Joyner said. “The results were overwhelming; the students and faculty wanted a better mascot.”
Students and faculty have been talking about Rapid Man but they didn’t like him and wanted a change.
¨Students at James River have complained about the mascot costume for years,” Joyner said.
There were two polls students and staff could vote for. The first poll asked ideas for the new mascot and the second poll took the top three ideas from the first poll and asked James River’s community to vote for an alligator, an otter or a griffin.
“We gathered the three ideas from the same student survey. We picked the three that appeared most often in the suggestions by students,”Joyner said.
Many students have rumored that the alligator is most favored and is to be chosen as our new mascot, but we won’t know until it arrives. The current plan is to announce the winning mascot during the last football game of the season.