Mascot panel to meet for 1st time

By Dylan Lysen

The Manhattan High School mascot committee will meet for the first time at the end of the month.

The group will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 29 at Robinson Education Center, 2031 Poyntz Ave., said Marvin Wade, Manhattan-Ogden superintendent and the chair of the committee.

The school board created the group last year when it chose to keep the high school’s Indian mascot. The committee is responsible for discussing issues surrounding the mascot.

When and how the committee will continue to meet will be decided during the meeting, Wade said.

“We’re going to get everyone from the committee together, introduce ourselves and talk a bit about general things so people can get comfortable working together,” he said. “Then we’ll really start the actual work of the committee at the second meeting.”

The meetings are open to the public, but members of the committee will be the people doing the work, he said.

Along with Wade, the board named Matt Davis, director of maintenance, to serve on the administration portion of the committee.

Elke Lorenz, who teaches foreign language at MHS, and Kate Moore, who teaches in special education, represent teachers on the committee.

Zach Bergeron and Maggie Morgan, both juniors at MHS, will serve as student representatives.

Mike Smith, a K-State professor and Native American who spoke in favor of keeping the mascot at a November forum, and Elizabeth Fiser-Guame will represent those wanting to keep the mascot. Laverne Bitsie-Baldwin, who is Native American and a leader of the ReImage MHK group advocating to change the mascot, and Alex Redcorn, who is Native American, will represent advocates for changing the mascot.

Bill Hsu, Mike Matson and Doug Stigge will all serve as neutral members of the committee. Rozell said they would focus on big picture ideas.

Board members Dave Colburn and Curt Herrman will also serve on the committee. Aaron Estabrook was named an alternate board member representative.

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