LAKE PLACID - The votes have been tallied, and the results are official: The owl will be the new mascot of St. Agnes School.
St. Agnes, a Catholic parochial school that includes pre-kindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds as well as grades K-3, decided to host an election to pick a mascot earlier this fall.
"You start talking about the election, and the first thing the kids say is, 'We can't vote,'" said Catherine Bemis, the school's teaching administrator. "So we wanted to teach them about the process in a way that involved them. ... The idea was to make the election process something tangible for the kids."
Holly Erenstone, 4, casts her vote in the St. Agnes School mascot election Tuesday morning.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Morris)
The votes were counted at a harvest dinner held at the school Tuesday night.
Bemis said each class was asked to select a mascot, or candidate, and then design campaign materials to drum up support among students, parents and teachers. On the bulletin board for the lamb, the candidate selected by the 4-year-olds, students lauded some of the traits that would make it a good mascot.
"Lambs are soft!" read one of the campaign slogans.
"Lambs are real," read another.
Students, faculty and parents were given six choices for the school's mascot: owl, peacock, lamb, shark, apple and songbirds. At about 11 o'clock Tuesday, 4-year-old pre-kindergarten students lined up at two handcrafted, cardboard voting booths. The booths let the students vote in privacy; in between the booths was a ballot box for students to cast their votes in.
The pre-K students were more than happy to share who they voted for. Holly Erenstone, 4, voted for the lamb. Asked why, she gave a straightforward answer.
"Because I like it," Erenstone said.
Connor LeRoy, 4, cast his ballot for the shark. Like Erenstone, he didn't think too hard about his vote.
"Sharks are cool," LeRoy stated.
Bemis said the winning mascot will be painted in the school's gymnasium.
No owls could be reached for comment on this story as of press time.
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