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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.

About Author

Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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