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The Man in the mask

Getting to know the school’s mascot.
Hanna Carberry-Simmering
On August 19, 2023, the Mascot makes it’s grand appearance at the pre-season football game against Steinbrenner.

   Being the center of attention can be intimidating for most, keeping an identity hidden can be even more challenging. The school requires the mascot identity to be a secret. At sport events it is no surprise to see the mustang running around, taking pictures with others, or dancing in the stands. Although the mascot cannot speak to students, the mascot is an important component to the mustang home game experience. 

   Hiding this secret from everyone is backbreaking, the Mascot explains how it allows them to feel free because of it.  

    “While you are under a mask, and no one knows who you are, it makes you feel nervous at first, but you start to really have fun,” Mascot said. “Being the hype man brings excitement to games because you really get people to give on their feet.” 

   Keeping spirit is crucial to school events and allowing them to feel more personal. The Mascot tells how they enjoyed bringing more school spirit into the crowd of students. 

   “Even though being anonymous is hard, I hope at the next game I can bring more spirit to the crowd. School spirit is very important, and I think if everyone joins in school activities like dressing up for football games it shows who we are.” the Mascot said. 

   Staying within school activities adds fun to participating with the Stang Gang spirit. The mustang explains how exciting it is to engage with others. 

   “I chose to be the mascot because it sounded fun, and it gives me something to participate in at school,” Mascot said. “My first experience at the football game was great, I took pictures with some people and put a smile on some of the kids.”  

  Make sure to look for the Mustang should be expected to make an appearance at the next home game against the River Ridge Knights on Sept 8.

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Alanna Wyatt, Podcast editor
Senior, Alanna Wyatt, enters into her second year of newspaper as editor of The Herd Podcast. Finding expression through her style, she finds herself choosing outfits containing dark colors and accessories with a grunge-y flare. Wyatt takes pride in her diverse music taste, emphasizing her enjoyment of singer/actor, Dominic Fike, before he received widespread media attention. She looks forward to her first year as an editor and hopes to connect with students at Mitchell through her passion of audio media.
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Hanna is a senior here at Mitchell. She is from Trinity, FL. Her hobbies include horseback riding, crochet, writing and photography. She has been in the hoofbeat since sophomore year and enjoys working with her peers here.
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