Iola High senior contests decision to change mascots

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January 14, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Tony Leavitt, a past president of the USD 257 Board of Education, has rejoined the board. Next to him is board member Nancy Toland. Leavitt replaced Mary Apt, who did not run for re-election. REGISTER/VICKIE MOSS

A debate over the district’s multiple mascots continues, despite the USD 257 Board of Education voting to consolidate all schools under the “Mustangs” mascot. The change would be phased in over the next few years, doing away with the current system that has Colts as the mascot for elementary schools, Ponies for middle school students, Mustangs for boys sports and Fillies for girls sports.

Sadrie Overall, an Iola High School senior, expressed her disappointment Monday with the board’s decision. Overall wears the Marv the Mustang costume at sporting events. She also has been designing a Fran the Filly costume for girls’ events.

IHS is the only high school in Kansas that has distinct mascots for its boys and girls teams, she said. 

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