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District selects colors

POSTED 3/18/2013
Oppenheim-Ephratah, St. Johnsville students select school colors, mascot

Red, gray and black will be the school colors of the newly merged Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District and wolves will be its mascot. 

Elementary students in both districts, grades K-4, were asked to participate in a symbolic, practice vote for colors and mascot Thursday as well. A 62 percent majority of those students also favored red, gray and black as the new colors, and a 69 percent majority favored wolves.

Capital Region BOCES communications team members, working in conjunction with Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel and district administrators, counted and verified the voting results.

"It's exciting to see the students embrace this chance to define the identity of their new school community," Dr. Michel said. "The State Education Department said these decisions rightly belong to the students, and they did a great job making their voices heard." 

Student feedback and ideas will be gathered before final design work begins on the mascot. A vote on the final design will be scheduled in the future.

A total of 355 Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsvillle students in grades 5-11 voted Thursday, March 14, with a 59 percent majority selecting red, gray and black as the school colors, and a 69 percent majority selecting wolves for the mascot.

A committee of a dozen Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville students worked to narrow down possibilities in preparation for the student vote. During the last several weeks, committee members gathered feedback from their peers; reviewed the colors and mascots of other area school districts; and studied catalogs for readily available color options for athletic-team uniforms.