Mascots selected for Fayetteville junior high schools

Fayetteville school board and staff / Courtesy, Fayetteville Public Schools

The two junior high schools in Fayetteville have chosen their new mascots.

Ramay Junior High will be known as the Red Wolves going forward, and the Woodland Junior High teams will be the Colts, it was announced last week.

The Fayetteville School Board last fall voted to form a task force to examine the Woodland Cowboys and Ramay Indians mascots. The groups determined the current mascots do not align with the district’s mission and vision statements, which call for the creation of an inclusive and safe environment for the district.

The task force, made up of key stakeholders and students, made their recommendations for a process to select new mascots, and a timeline to announce the changes at a school board meeting back in April.

The finalists were revealed in August, and a vote of students and school faculty and staff determined the winners.

According to a KNWA story from last week, public information officer Alan Wilbourn said the schools will keep their current colors, and that changes to uniforms and other items will be made gradually over time to control costs. A local advertising agency will donate logo design for the new mascots.

The new mascot logos will be revealed sometime this winter.