Tulsa World

Redhawks, Bison set as finalists for mascot

- FROM STAFF REPORTS bill.haisten@tulsaworld.com

Nearing the end of what is described as “an extensive search,”

Union Public Schools officials has the narrowed its list of possible new mascots to two finalists: Redhawks and Bison.

Since mid-June, Union has solicited suggestion­s from students, parents, teachers, alumni and the public.

More than 320 ideas were submitted. Other examples included the Union Raptors and the Union

Red Lightning. However, the Redhawks and Bison emerged as the two most frequently suggested

mascots, after having been vetted by Union’s Mascot Advisory Committee.

“While there were a lot of great names submitted, these two emerged as the frontrunne­rs,” said Chris Payne, chief communicat­ions officer for Union Public Schools. “There were a number of people who nominated both the Redhawks and the Bison as the preferred name for Union’s new mascot.”

In a Thought Exchange platform, Union is seeking public input

on the final selection of the mascot. The Thought Exchange page may be accessed before Sept. 30.

“Ultimately,” Payne added, “Union High School students will have the final say, as this is their mascot.”

In November, the Union Board of Education voted unanimousl­y to discontinu­e the use of the Union Redskins mascot, which

had been in place for more than 75 years. Since November, Union’s teams have been referred to only

as “Union.”

 ?? TULSA WORLD FILE ?? Union Public Schools has announced two finalists in the district’s search for a new mascot: Redhawks and Bison.
TULSA WORLD FILE Union Public Schools has announced two finalists in the district’s search for a new mascot: Redhawks and Bison.

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