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The Times
  • Central Valley students choose ‘Thunder’

  • Central Valley Central School District students in grades 4-11 voted Friday and chose “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.

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  • Central Valley Central School District students in grades 4-11 voted Friday and chose “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 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. Hefner took those ideas and presented his proposed designs back to the team via a teleconference on 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.

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