The Nelson Mandela Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School has a new school mascot – a falcon – as well as a logo and school colors, maroon and gold. The symbols were chosen to foster unity and heighten identity for the school that opened just last year.
The school community, with some 380 students, worked together in choosing a mascot. Each class was given the opportunity to share ideas, after which they voted, selecting the majestic bird as their symbol.
“Falcons symbolize ambition and aspiration,” said Principal Michael Vicario. “At Nelson Mandela Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School, our vision and aspiration is to produce lifelong productive members of society. We aspire for greatness.”
There’s more. A falcon also represents a clear vision and a fight against fear.
The colors chosen match those of the district as a whole. The logo shows a falcon with wings spread over an open book, all bracketed by a laurel wreath. The school’s name curves across the top and a ribbon at the base bears the letters “MVCSD” for Mount Vernon City School District.
“One of the greatest moments in our journey to establish our school came at the beginning of this school year when I proudly witnessed our young scholars walk through the main entrance doors with their new school uniforms showcasing our logo,” Vicario said. “What a wonderful moment that was for our school community.”