ADAMS TWP — With a staff title as colourful and distinct because the Planets, it’s a shock that Mars Space Excessive Faculty has by no means had a mascot of any type for its athletics applications.
That might change quickly, due to the efforts of Courtenay Carrel and the Mars Cheer Boosters, who’ve spent the previous two years brainstorming potential designs for a college mascot. Carrel, who’s the president of the booster membership, mentioned the concept to discover a mascot for the highschool was not hers alone.
“It was collaborative, from our complete board together with our cheer coaches,” Carrel mentioned. “We really feel like (the mascot is) an auxiliary spirit member to carry extra faculty spirit to the varsity and group.”
The boosters have hung out getting in contact with collegiate spirit teams for inspiration, together with the Toledo Rockets, who’ve a equally space-themed mascot: Rocky the Rocket.
“We have reached out to a variety of collegiate spirit applications to get a greater understanding of what is concerned in beginning a mascot from scratch,” Carrel mentioned.
In keeping with Carrel, 4 mascot designs have been drawn up, all of that are primarily based on the athletic groups’ title of the “Fightin’ Planets.” All 4 designs have been proven to the Mars Space Faculty Board at its month-to-month work session Tuesday night, Oct. 3. Carrel mentioned not one of the designs are set in stone and they’re open to alterations.
Finally, the varsity board could have the ultimate say in figuring out which mascot design is used. Crucial factor to Carrel is to create a mascot that’s each distinct and consultant of Mars Space.
“We went to Moon (Township) only a few weeks in the past, they usually had a tiger mascot. ‘Moon Tigers,’” Carrel mentioned. “To me, that doesn’t go collectively. Not less than we’re doing one thing distinctive to our college.”
The cheer boosters have been setting apart cash for varied phases of the mascot’s growth, together with storage, cleansing and maintenance of the mascot costumes when Mars finally receives them. The subsequent step for the boosters will probably be to contact mascot design businesses for quotes on finalized character designs.
In fact, when the costume lastly arrives, somebody has to put on it. The intent is for the mascot costume to be worn by a number of college students all year long, as a single pupil may not be obtainable for all the mascot’s required appearances.
“We will have auditions and tryouts,” Carrel mentioned. “It’s our plan to get a number of individuals, hopefully, to wish to check out for that place.”