COLUMBIA — At 9:05 a.m. Friday, Dan Boatman, the principal at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School, got on the intercom for an announcement like none other since the school opened 10 months ago.
“The day is here where we’re going to find out Alpha Hart Lewis’ mascot,” Boatman said.
Along with teachers buildingwide, fifth-grade teacher John Gerhart followed Boatman’s instructions and typed in the password, “fafe,” to open a slideshow that would reveal the mascot to his class of 27 girls. They sighed eagerly, bouncing in the orange chairs at their desks.
The first slide was a tease, with “Introducing our mascot” printed on it.
Seconds later, a new slide appeared, and the long-awaited words emerged from a white background: Alpha Hart Lewis Huskies. The girls cheered and yelled.
“I like it — it’s the one I voted for,” 11-year-old Sophia Shively said. “It fits in with Alpha Hart Lewis because I like dogs, and a lot of other people do, too.”
But not all students shared Sophia’s excitement.
“I was hoping it would be the Wolves because I want to listen to ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ during morning announcements,” fifth-grader Trevante Thornton said.
Students, parents, teachers and staff members voted for the mascot from among six choices: Jaguars, Timber Wolves, Mighty Oaks, Wolves, Bears and Huskies.
“It’s been very exciting with the community involvement,” Boatman said
The mascot will not only distinguish Lewis within Columbia Public Schools but will also represent the fourth- and fifth-grade basketball teams in Columbia Youth Basketball Association games.
A logo of the mascot hasn't been chosen yet, the school said.