Mecklenburg County Middle and High School Mascot Survey - Part II
The selection of the Mascot for the new Middle and High School for our school division is very important. The Mascot represents the character, the pride, of the school system and the students. In the first mascot survey we pointed out six values to be considered for selection of a mascot; A. reflection of the local geography, B. reflection of the local history, C. use of a matching first letter of the school, D. use of an animal representing the character desired, E. representation of local industry, and F. characteristic of what people want the community to become.

From this survey the marketing committee has identified three potential mascots that represent various components of these six values. These mascots are listed below with an explanation of the values each one represents. With this final survey we ask that you select the one image that will become our new school’s mascot. Please note that the picture used is a visual representation, not the image that will become our mascot symbol. We will have an image of the selected mascot that will be copyrighted to Mecklenburg County Public Schools uniquely.

Thank you for participating in this survey!

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Lake hawks are Ospreys, a very distinctive fish-hawk. They are found in abundance in Mecklenburg County. You will see their nests on high platforms around Buggs Island Lake and elsewhere throughout the region anywhere there is a body of water (ponds, lakes, rivers, etc.). Ospreys fly with a marked kink in their wings, making an M-shape when seen from below. They are tenacious fisherman, dedicated parents (working together to care for their young) and focused rebuilders (if their nest gets removed or destroyed, they simply rebuild together (male & female). As Mecklenburg Lakehawks, we represent our history and future, the beauty of our county and our tenacity, faithfulness and endurance.
A maverick is an unbranded range animal or an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party. The spirit of this idea is to represent Mecklenburg as a community that moves forward independently, not feeling the need to “go with the flow” but willing to step out in unique independent ways that will further our community and influence those around us. This also represents the agricultural history of Mecklenburg County. The Mecklenburg Mavericks embrace our past as strong individuals who have strived to make this county great and look forward into the future, not following the pack, but finding our own way in the place we are blessed to call home.
The phoenix is a mythological bird whose enduring symbol has spanned millennia over vastly different cultures. A “fire bird” with brightly fire colored plumage who, after a very long life dies in a fire of its own making only to rise again out of the ashes. This idea is highly unique among school mascots (we could find only one other college named the phoenix). The new MCPS Secondary schools will rise from the ashes of our very long lived past and be reborn into a new unified community. We do not forget our past (as the phoenix represents immortality), yet we move forward in rebirth looking forward to another long life. The Mecklenburg Phoenix will press on into the future as a persevering symbol of hope, loyalty and unity. We arise from the ashes of the past and shine brightly in this generation and many more to come. We are fiercely loyal, there is no plural; WE TOGETHER are one, The Phoenix.
Where do you live in Mecklenburg County? *
Did you graduate from a public high school that was located in Mecklenburg County? *
What is your gender? *
What is your age? *
Which mascot should represent the new Mecklenburg County Middle/High School? *
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