Pride in Schools, Staff Apparent in Search for New Mascot

Updated: October 17, 2019 08:32 AM

Some people, bleed blue. Like Tammy Spelts. "I've always loved being a Blue Devil. I was a cheerleader, helped make floats," she told us. And she continues to be a big supporter. She added that her dad was from Eveleth.


Speaking of Gold Bears, her friend, Kristin Troutwine, shared this with us. "I went to school in Eveleth. We combined with Gilbert when I was in 8th grade. I swam, ran track, was a Pom girl."

This time around, the collaboration will be different. The kids are already used to playing together on the field. Troutwine said, "My kids have been on teams combined with Virginia."

Spelts and Troutwine and others are eager to see what the new mascot and school colors will be for the new joint academy that will be built between Eveleth and Virginia.

About 40 people attended the first public meeting on Wednesday to talk about the new mascot and color ideas.

John Jenson, a consultant on the project, explained first you need to define, then design. He's pored over more than 1000 of the surveys people sent in about the new high school. There were common themes, among what people thought were meaningful about their districts. They include pride in their staff, students, sports, and traditions.

But it could move quickly, he said. "The Jostens designers will create examples, and prototypes of colors and mascots." Those will be narrowed down to what feels close. And then it could end up being decided by vote, or there could be a clear winner. "It's a process," he added. And it could be done by the end of this calendar year.

Even though this is stressful for some people, Spelts had a reminder. "Everybody should have a positive attitude, because it's all about the kids."

There are two more meetings on Thursday. The first is at 9am at the Eveleth-Gilbert Junior High in the media center. The second is at 5pm at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia.

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