Lammersville Unified School District Trustees will have the final say on the mascot and school colors, which the committee decided should be royal blue and silver.
The committee gave its recommendations Thursday, March 14, at the 111 S. De Anza Blvd. district office during a discussion about a student vote and survey regarding the school’s mascot and colors.
According to Superintendent Dale Hansen, students and residents cast more than 500 votes between Feb. 25 and March 8.
Among the 54 mascot suggestions, the Mustangs finished with 56 votes, behind the Tigers with 73 and the Mountain Lions with 61.
The committee recommended against choosing cat-themed mascot, as Lammersville Unified’s elementary schools all have a cat as their symbols — the Bethany Bobcats, Lammersville Lions, Questa Cougars and the Wicklund Wildcats.
Hansen said four more planned elementary schools could create an overwhelming community cat theme. He said the Mustangs were also favored because the animals supposedly once roamed the area at the foot of the Altamont hills.
“We were in favor of the Mustangs,” said Bethany School Principal Deborah Wingo. “I like it’s a majestic animal — it will be fun.”
When it came time to discuss colors, Hansen told the committee it would be best if the school had its own identity, as opposed to using colors currently used by another area high school — like Kimball’s orange and blue.
He said Mountain House should have colors that would not be similar those in the future school’s athletic league. He also cautioned against choosing unique colors that would increase the cost of band or football uniforms.
Bethany School sixth-grader Teddy Moisa, who sat on the committee and said “My whole class voted for Mustangs,” said she liked royal blue as a main color because it would be good for both girls and boys, because it could be “girly” or “manly.”
Hansen reminded the committee that district trustees will make a final vote on the colors and mascot, most likely at a meeting scheduled for April 17.
“We have a lot of flexibility,” said Hansen. “This is not the final say.”
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