By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
A new tradition begins this year when the Choctaw County Chargers take the field for the first time this fall.
With a new high school (Choctaw County High School), comes a new mascot and colors among many other things.
The Choctaw County School Board approved the school mascot and colors for all Choctaw County Schools in their special board meeting on May 31. They also approved the preliminary mascot artwork.
The Choctaw County High School along with Ackerman, Weir and French Camp Elementary schools will now be known as the Chargers with colors red, white and blue.
“The Choctaw County Transition Advisory Committee, a non-District employee stakeholder group representing the communities of Ackerman, Weir, and French Camp, was developed to advise the Superintendent and the District Transition Committee. That committee determined that it was necessary to have a new mascot to represent Choctaw County High School,” said Michelle Larabee, assistant superintendent. “
The Transition Advisory Committee narrowed the field to two options for the new mascot: Mustangs or Chargers. Students and employees who will attend school or be employed at Choctaw County High School were asked to vote on which mascot they preferred. Chargers received 85% of the vote,” said Larabee.
“The District Advisory Committee (District and School Level Administrators) voted to extend the mascot and colors to all schools in Choctaw County. The District Transition Committee and coaches, who will be at Choctaw County High School, voted on the artwork.”
Also in the May 31 School Board meeting, the board approved a recommendation from Glen Beard, superintendent, on athletic attire. Adam Dillinger, athletic director, explained that new uniforms would be purchased for all teams-boys’, girls’, junior high and varsity from Sports Specialty. He also said that he and other coaches are going through current uniforms to see what items can be salvaged to use in the future.
Corey Blaylock, CCHS principal, said that band uniforms are not being purchased at this time because they are totally different.
Larabee added, “Those don’t have to be fixed right now.”