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  • Oppenheim-Ephratah, St. Johnsville students select school colors, mascot

  • Red, gray and black will be the school colors of the newly merged Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District and wolves will be its mascot.

    A total of 355 Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsvillle students in grades 5-11 voted on March 14, with a 59 percent majority selecting red, gray and black as the school colors, and a 69 percent majority selecting wolves for the mascot.

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  • Red, gray and black will be the school colors of the newly merged Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District and wolves will be its mascot.
    A total of 355 Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsvillle students in grades 5-11 voted on March 14, with a 59 percent majority selecting red, gray and black as the school colors, and a 69 percent majority selecting wolves for the mascot.
    Elementary students in grades K-4 in both districts were asked to participate in a symbolic, practice vote for colors and mascot on March 14 as well.
    A 62 percent majority of those students also favored red, gray and black as the new colors, and a 69 percent majority favored wolves.
    A committee of a dozen Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville students worked to narrow down possibilities in preparation for the student vote.
    During the last several weeks, committee members gathered feedback from their peers, reviewed the colors and mascots of other area school districts and studied catalogs for readily available color options for athletic-team uniforms. Based on their discussions, the committed selected three color schemes to present for a vote — red, gray and black, orange, white and gray and green, white and gray. Mascot options included wolves, bears and pioneers.
    Capital Region BOCES communications team members, working in conjunction with Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel and district administrators, counted and verified the voting results.
    “It's exciting to see the students embrace this chance to define the identity of their new school community,” Michel said in a news release. “The State Education Department said these decisions rightly belong to the students, and they did a great job making their voices heard.”
    Student feedback and ideas will be gathered before final design work begins on the mascot.
    A vote on the final design will be scheduled in the future.

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