Students to vote on new mascot in January

By Megan Wehring

HAYS CISD — After the selection process was on hold for a few months, the new mascot for Hays High School will be selected by students when they return to school in January, following the winter break.

Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright said the new mascot selection is slated for on or before Feb. 1, 2021, to plan for all potential spending costs.

“The students will be making that decision between Jan. 4 and Feb. 1,” Wright said. “We can order new band uniforms, athletic uniforms and replace logos at the school.”

The ‘Rebel’ is out as the mascot of Hays High School due to controversial connotations. The process to find a new one was originally delayed to focus on opening in-person school back in September. Wright also explained the district also wanted to hold off on replacing the mascot to prevent any distractions for the Hays High School football playoffs.

The estimated cost for the new mascot and rebranding of Hays High School is $800,000, according to Wright.

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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