Central Valley Central School District students in grades 4-11 voted on Friday, May 17 choosing “Thunder” as the newly merged district’s mascot. In the same vote, they also chose light blue, navy blue, and white with a gold accent as the district’s colors.
The vote was the final step in a process that began just six weeks after Ilion and Mohawk voters approved the school merger on Feb. 12. A School Identity Transition Team made up of 15 students from the two schools brainstormed names for the new district. Those names were put before their grades 4-11 classmates for a vote on April 24. The students chose the name Central Valley.
The team then reconvened to develop a list of possible colors and mascots for another student vote.
Working with Mohawk graduate Hal Hefner, now a graphic artist in Los Angeles, the team narrowed its choices. Mr. Hefner took those ideas and presented his proposed designs back to the team via a teleconference on Tuesday, May 7. Each school displayed posters of the mascot and color combinations in advance of the vote. Students chose from a list of mascots that included Patriots, Eagles, Thunder and Wildcats. Color combinations included variations of blues, silver and white or black, gold and white.