Lancaster students outline process for picking new mascot

Apr 24, 2015

Lancaster High School could have a new mascot and logo in the coming months. The previous nickname of "Redskins" was dropped by the school board in March following intense debate.

Lancaster students gathered Thursday to open discussions on a new mascot for the school's athletic teams.
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The process of selecting a new nickname for  Lancaster High School is underway. Members of a naming committee made up of 21 students representing all groups and grade levels met with reporters Thursday after applications were distributed to all students.

"They are allowed to draw up a new mascot a logo picture...they also are asked to maybe give a little bit of a background behind why the choose the name," said Brooke Tryjankowski, a senior on the committee.

"Once those are submitted all of the submissions, that are deemed appropriate, will be hung up for the middle schoolers and high schoolers to see."

Tryjankowski says the first round of voting is in two weeks. If need be, a runoff will be held at the end of May. The superintendent will review the student's decision before it's submitted to the school board for approval.

Senior Lauren Budzich says the committee will ensure students have a voice.  

"We feel the best way to do that is give them the creative rights and ability to submit the submissions and be the only ones to do so," Budzich said.

"We want the students to lead this. This is for the students. So our selection will be from the students."

The student's goal is to have a new mascot and logo for Lancaster High before the end of the school year.