Wearing the mascot is much more than just a costume

Mascots who participated in the JEA convention on Nov. 10 with Carolina Puga Mendoza representing Fishers High School. Photo by Kristine Brown
It was hot and smelly but it was awesome. Last week, on Nov. 10 my group of classmates from the Newspaper staff went to the JEA/NSPA national journalism convention. Kristine Brown, the publications advisor asked for a volunteer to wear the tiger mascot at the opening ceremony. I immediately raised my hand, excited to romp around with other schools mascots and welcome journalism students from all over the country.

When we arrived at the JW Marriott, where the convention was being held, I had to carry the heavy suit around until it was time to change.

I changed in a small room with five other mascots, they were all as excited as I was. I was suited up, and it was time to go out, I put the head on, my vision was limited to one hole in the mouth of the tiger, breathing became hard and every time I exhaled it got hotter. 

In the ballroom the mascots started receiving people from other schools by waving and high-fiving them. Something took over me and I started to jump and challenge students to dance with me. It was the mask, hiding who I was, it was not showing my face and that allowed to do whatever I wanted without making a fool out of myself.

This experience made me realize that the job of the mascot it not simply to walk around and say hello, but involve the students as much as possible. It is difficult to wear, but the reward is listening to everyone laugh and has a good time knowing that you are the reason.

This year’s mascot is a senior, meaning he will leave soon. This job will probably available and is a chance to become a secret celebrity. For further information students may contact the sports department, just click on the link here

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