Belton: Elementary students elect new mascots

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The results are in after weeks of campaigning at all 10 Belton elementary schools, after students rallied support for potential mascots for their respective schools.

Belton students campaign for new mascots (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

The students held an election Tuesday.

As the district welcomes a new high school next year, with it, comes a new Belton mascot.

In 2020, high school students will either be Tigers or Broncos, forcing the need for change at the lower grade levels, as all other schools are currently Tigers.

At the middle school level, mascots will be decided based on the schools location.

Lake Belton Middle School and North Belton Middle School will become Broncos, while Belton Middle School and South Belton Middle School will stay Tigers.

The district has budgeted more than $93,229 for those middle schools to transition wall art, gym floors and sport uniforms.

The district says the cost to re brand the elementary schools will be very small.

Elementary students decided between three potential mascots at each school, no candidate was allowed to overlap and none of the options were allowed to be Tigers or Broncos.

"It's going to just become a part of history this has never happened in Belton ISD." Pirtle Elementary's Principal, Rebecca Vaughn said.

The fun concept to re brand the schools also taught the students important civic lessons.

"We started really teaching some lessons about what a mascot is and what the purpose of voting is." Vaughn said.

"You can vote for whatever you want, it doesn't matter what other people think if you want to vote for it then you can." Fifth grade student, Isalei Simpson said.

Third grader, Jordan Landry said, "t kind of feels like we're voting for the president but it's for a new mascot."

Election results are indicated below, winning mascots are in bold.

PIRTLE:
Panthers
Patriots
Turtles

LAKEWOOD:
Leopards
Lynx
Bulldogs

TARVER:
Timberwolves
Toros
Texans

HIGH POINT:
Colts
Armadillos
Rattlers

LEON HEIGHTS:
Lions
Squirrels
Phoenix

SPARTA:
Saber Cats
Tiger Sharks
Spartans

MILLER HEIGHTS:
Knights
Mavericks
Hawks

SOUTHWEST:
Jaguars
Warriors
Eagles

CHARTER OAK:
Cardinals
Cheetahs
Roadrunners

CHISHOLM TRAIL:
Blazers
Thunderbirds
Dragon