Students at Wasuma Elementary School in Ahwahnee had an unexpected guest during lunch Friday afternoon - the school’s new Wildcat mascot.
Although the school’s mascot has been a Wildcat for many years, the mascot has not been seen for well over 10 years - until Friday when the mascot appeared on campus to the delight and excitement of the entire student body and school staff, including Principal Jason Mercier, and Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District Superintendent Glenn Reid.
The yet unnamed Wildcat costume was made possible by the Wasuma Parent Teacher Association, who raised about $700 to provide the school the ‘new-look’ mascot. A portion of the funds came from a car show the PTA recently sponsored at the school.
“The students welcomed him with cheers, hugs, and high-fives,” said Lanie Suderman, PTA president. “Each class will vote for a name for our new mascot, and try-outs will be held for interested eighth graders after fall break, to see who will wear the Wildcat costume during sporting events, assemblies, and other events. We are all looking forward to seeing our new mascot boost our Wasuma Wildcat pride.”