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Moving beyond the “Redskins:” Canisteo-Greenwood announces mascot short list

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Students will vote on eight possibile new mascots

From the Canisteo-Greenwood School

We are excited to announce that the Mascot Committee has created their final list of ideas for our new mascot. We want to thank our CG community for their submissions (442 responses) as it helped determine the list you see here.

We want to fill you in on how we arrived at this list. After the submission deadline, a handful of committee members sat down and started combing through the list of proposed names. We created a list of 16 that was then put forth to the Board of Education and the rest of the committee members for feedback. After the feedback was gathered, the committee, along with a Board member as an observer, reduced the list to what we believed was the best 8. A beginning list of 8 proposed names allows our students to vote for a new mascot in a few short weeks.

During the committee work that started in September of 2022, a subcommittee was created to discuss what the process could potentially be if a recommendation were made to retire the mascot. Two major points were discussed: the committee believed that we should not choose any mascot of surrounding schools or schools that we play on a regular basis AND the new mascot should be fresh and unique to CG. The Mascot Committee felt now was the perfect time to move forward with a brand-new mascot that represents us all.

It is our great privilege to present to you the final 8 that our students will be voting on:



Red Dragons

Raptors (bird of prey, not dinosaur)

Chargers (highlighting the C and G in the word – could be either bolt or horse themed)


Fire Hawks

Thunder (w/potential for a locomotive theme)

The students will begin voting on Monday, May 15th. On May 22nd, they will vote on the top 4 from the previous week, and on May 30th they will choose between the final two. The winning mascot will be revealed sometime in June and a mascot logo will be created shortly after.

Yours in service,

Tom and the Mascot Committee

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