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Finalists selected in Lancaster for student vote on new mascot

What will Lancaster’s mascot be?

With the Redskins name gone, Lancaster students came up with seven potential new nicknames and eight possible logos.

Students now will be asked to vote on: Alphas, Jaguars, Knights, Legends, Pride, Red Hawks and Red Dragons, the last one with two logo options.

Lancaster students were invited to submit design and name ideas last month. Then students at the high school and middle school voted on their five favorites, and those were whittled down to seven nicknames as finalists for the vote. One mascot – a dragon – has two versions.

The students’ drawings were publicized Tuesday, but school officials said that when the final voting is conducted May 27, the students will select from professionally rendered versions.

The final round of voting will include all students of Lancaster High School, Lancaster Middle School, William Street School and the third-grade class representatives.

Voting machines from the Erie County Board of Elections will be used.

If the results are close – a difference of 100 or fewer votes – a runoff election will be held May 28, the district said.

Student leaders pushed to have a new mascot in place before the school year ends, when 488 graduating seniors receive their diplomas June 26 at Kleinhans Music Hall.

“It will be the last of the old and the first of the new,” said senior Jacob Doyle, a Student Union officer who was one of 21 students chosen to help with the mascot-selection process.

On March 16, the School Board voted to stop using the nearly 70-year-old mascot, which had become a focus of impassioned debate. A retirement event for the old one is set for June 15 at the high school. The choice of a new one is expected to be finished by June 24.