n Students, staff vote in new Hurley mascot; approval heads to school board
June 6, 2019
By BRYAN HELLIOS
The school originally planed to announce the new mascot at an upcoming school board meeting, but Kevin Genisot, district administrator at Hurley, said he wants the process to be transparent.
“Here is what will be presented to the board on June 17, it doesn’t mean we have changed yet,” he said. “We need board approval for that.”
Nearly 79%, or 500 out of 636 students and staff voted. The Hurley Northstars received 231 or 46% of the votes. Hurley Storm captured 34% with 171 votes, and Hurley Timberjaxx received 98 votes for 20%.
“Many families were talking about this at home and kids knew already what they wanted to vote for,” Genisot said.
Revealing the name now gives the community a chance to talk about the change, he said adding that it also allows the board some time to “digest” it. The student council’s executive committee — senior president and vice president — will present the name to the board. Once the board approves the name, Genisot said, the community will be asked to submit sketches or drawings depicting ideas which would best represent the school’s new mascot.
Steve Lombardo, principal for the elementary grades, said the younger students could be heard talking about their favorites during lunchtime and while on the playground.
“I think their excited,” he said. “Their proud to be part of the process.”
He added that in a number of years the elementary students who were part of the process might reflect back on their choice.
“When they get into junior high and high school and are sporting the mascot on a uniform or shirt they will know that ‘hey, when I was in kindergarten I was a part of this,’” Lombardo said.
Northstars was one of dozens of mascot names submitted by members of the student body, staff and community weeks ago as the school began a search for a replacement to the Midgets.
Some of the reasons shared by nominators of the Northstars included: “Our district is one of the northernmost districts in the state of Wisconsin. All students are stars. The North Star was used for navigation purposes for many years. We live in the northern hemisphere. On a clear night you can look up in the sky and always see that bright star.”
Early suggestions for a mascot logo inlcuded: “large star with orange heat coming from it or shooting star or the image of the North Star.”