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USD 383: Mascot panel struggles to meet

By Dylan Lysen

About a month after selecting members to serve on the Manhattan High School mascot committee, the Manhattan- Ogden school board is still trying to work out when its members can meet.

Marcia Rozell, board president, said Wednesday the committee is still trying to work out the details. Committee chair Superintendent Marvin Wade is tasked with communicating with all the members to find a time and place to get to work.

The board voted unanimously in December to create the committee and keep the high school’s Indian mascot. It appointed members to the committee in January.

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 retain 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. Rozell said after the Jan. 18 board meeting the committee would attempt to begin meeting in early February. Rozell said the committee is still scheduled to give its recommendations to the board in September.

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