As of Saturday, January 4, 2014
The Dalles To the editor:
(Edited for length.)
I recently read the choices that are being considered for The Dalles High mascot and was considering each for its merits.
Rattlers: Yes, there are rattlesnakes in the area, but they are not that abundant or worrisome enough to have snake hunts and cookouts with them as the main course. Not a bad name, but really doesn’t hit home for the home team name.
Sasquatch: Never seen one, never want to see one, only seen hairy blurs supposed to be sure evidence. I guess they are legendary, but so are unicorns and fairies. Can’t say as I’m wild about that moniker either.
Rapids: I don’t recall ever seeing a rapids mascot running around a field; would be a rather soggy costume, I would imagine. Doesn’t really roll well off the tongue in a rousing sports cheer. Haven’t seen any rapids on the Columbia for quite some time.
Megawatts: I work at The Dalles Dam and am quite fond of megawatts, having produced millions of them on a regular basis, but Megawatts for a mascot? Sounds rather flashy, but has no real appeal to any of the school kids I have talked to.
Riverhawks: Let’s not forget the fifth choice, grudgingly allowed on the list. A river hawk, around here commonly known as an osprey, is a beautiful bird of prey. They nest and raise their young locally and only eat what they catch, not carrion eaters like other hawks or eagles.
I recall in a recent news article the mention that the students and teachers would have the final say. Now it sounds as if a school board chosen committee is going to be making the decision and leave the students’ choice out in the cold again.
A few years ago, when the districts combined to become SD 21, the students were promised that their choice would be accepted as the new mascot. At that time, they chose Riverhawks, and the school board pulled the proverbial rug out from under their feet and went with Eagle Indians, which was pretty much a no show for the students.
The students then felt like they had been lied to and with “their” choice of mascots this time, they feel like someone is getting ready to pull the rug again.
Hopefully, the school board will do the right thing this time and live up to their word.
Editor’s note: The high school mascot committee is primarily made up of students and faculty volunteers and new mascot suggestions will still be considered prior to Jan. 9. Mascot ideas that have already been considered by the committee can be accessed via the North Wasco County School District website at http://www.nwasco.k12.or.us/Page/627.