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Going to school in Basehor has always been a three part process. Kids become Bluejays at BES, Bulldogs at Linwood, or Eagles at Glenwood Ridge. Then, after students have been tricked into thinking that school is a piece of cake, they go to BLMS and become Bulldogs. After yet again thinking that they have school figured out, kids become a Bobcat and have high school dropped on them. This process has been completed by countless kids throughout the years – but it might all change in the near future.

The USD 458 school board is considering having the BLMS Bulldogs join the BLHS Bobcats in name, becoming the BLMS Bobcats. No decisions have been made on the subject, but all BLMS and BLHS students received surveys via emails to vote in favor of or against the mascot change.

A total of 356 students were in favor of the change, while 221 were against, but these votes favor the wrong side.

Pro Changing the Mascot

Unity. This is the major result of the schools having the same name, and this is something that doesn’t really exist between the two schools. If you’ve ever been to a high school sporting event, there are always some middle school students running through stands with their size small purple Bulldogs shirts on, looking out of place. If they had the same mascot as the high school, this wouldn’t be a problem. Our parents wouldn’t have to worry about buying a whole new set of clothes when kids graduate to high school. If they don’t have to worry about becoming a Bobcat, it would take off a lot of the stress. A name carries with it a sense of unity. A name can make a kid feel like he is a part of something bigger than himself. That little kid would be a Basehor Bobcat. A unified body of students is essentially what the name change would create.

Against Changing the Mascot

Seniors have been in this school for 12 years now. They’ve been a Bluejay or an Eagle, a Bulldog, and now a Bobcat. Students had to wait years to become a Bobcat, and if a Bulldog thinks they’re a Bobcat, then it’s just not something they deserve. The truth about the middle schoolers is simple: they’re not high schoolers. They haven’t waited long enough to earn their right to be a Bobcat. Sure, unity is great, but every school in this town can be unified under the name Basehor, and that is unity enough for the students. Having two different mascots is a way of keeping the two schools separate and giving them their own identities. They can be known for the accomplishments that happened at each school. Recently, both the seventh grade girls and the high school girls cross country teams won league titles. Let’s say the mascots were the same at both schools. We would have a headline saying “Bobcat seventh graders win league title,” and then another headline saying “Bobcat high school team wins league title.” This would lead to a lot of confusion. Middle schoolers have their own accomplishments, and so do high schoolers. If we are two separate schools, why not keep the established credibility held in our own respective mascots? To sum it all up, having the same mascot could mean that one school leeches off the accomplishments of the opposite school. When you earn the title of being a Bobcat, it should mean that you made a name for yourself as a Bulldog, but now you get a chance to accomplish new successes as a Bobcat.

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