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Passing of the mascot

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Because of the Homecoming game, Piccinnini (left) decided it was a good time to visit Colonia High School to see how Benson (right) was doing as the mascot.

Anthony Picinnini, graduate of Colonia’s class of 2018, brought back Colonia High School’s Mascot, Pete the Patriot. This year, sophomore Tyler Benson has taken over the responsibilities of the mascot.

Finding a Mascot

In 2015, now graduate of Colonia High School, Anthony Piccinnini brought back the beloved Pete the Patriot.  He graduated and that meant that it was time to pick a new mascot. Although, it’s hard to find a mascot because many students are not willing to try. Mrs. Andrea Simkovich , the cheerleading advisor talks about how she chooses the mascot, “we don’t get many people who want to try out, so instead it’s whoever asks first. Tyler told Mrs.Murphy last year he was interested so that’s how he became the mascot.” Piccinni says that he had no say in who was going to follow him.

Benson talks about why he wanted to become mascot: “ One part of it was my really good friend Anthony Piccinini was the mascot and he seemed to have so much fun. It seemed like a cool thing to do and it’s fun to show school spirit.”

Photo Credit: Kerri Lishak
Under the Friday night lights, the Colonia Patriot poses with fans.

What’s it like being a mascot?

Being a mascot isn’t easy. A lot of commitment and dedication has to go into being mascot. Benson said that he doesn’t think just anyone can be the mascot. “It was hard for me at first. It’s in front of most of the school, so there’s some nerves. You have to make sure you’re keeping the crowd entertained and not boring anybody. You wanna make sure that you’re having a good time and you’re making everyone else around you happy.”

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Benson received the title of mascot with little to no notice at all. Simkovich gave Benson the mascot uniform the day of the first home game this season. As time went on, he learned the cheers. “All the cheerleaders are really nice and they all very welcoming and helpful. It was easy to learn the cheers because of how nice they were.”

Benson has a routine before he goes to the games. He usually takes naps after school so that he can keep up his energy during the game. Then, he eats something (his meal of choice being frozen pizza)  and reviews the cheers before the game.

Benson is also apart of the theater department and the choirs. He thinks that being involved in the performing arts has helped him in easing into the role of the mascot. “I picked up a lot of the cheers and dances way easier, it happens naturally and practice.”

Benson’s hard work as a mascot hasn’t gone unnoticed. Piccinnini, former mascot, thinks Benson is “having a good time. He will be connected to it more and have more fun, but right now he’s doing a great job and seems to be getting the crowd involved.” Despite Simkovich not truly picking the mascot, she thinks that Benson is doing a fantastic job. “I think he’s doing a great job. He has a great personality. He’s doing a great job especially with the short notice he received at the beginning of the season. He’s really come into his own place and made the mascot his own individual. He has his own take on it.”


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Kelly Branco
Kelly Branco, Art & Music Editor
Kelly Branco is a senior and this is her first year working on The Declaration. Branco is a fan of theater, she loves to perform and watch Broadway shows whenever she can. She is an anchor for Patriots Television and does the fun fact every morning. She is in the Colonia High School Theater Department, sings for the Harmony in Motion Show Choir, and AcaPatriots, A Capella Choir. Last year, Branco got the Seal of Bi-Literacy in French and she speaks Portuguese.  She loves to read in her spare time. She is going to Fairleigh Dickinson University in the Fall of 2019 with a Musical Theater major.
Jada Davis
Jada Davis, Senior Opinion Editor
Jada Davis is a senior at Colonia High School with a creative mind and a love for literature. In her free time, she sings for her school's Concert Choir and is the president of the LGBT club and the Dating Violence Awareness Committee. Aside from this, she is an anchor for Patriot Television and an active member of her school's Poetry Club and Interact Club. She is also apart of Student Council, Student Led Action Committee, Guitar Club, and is a Safety Ambassador as well as a Peer Leader. Davis considers herself to be the most quiet extrovert you could possibly imagine. She is also an animal lover who believes that animal lives are just as important as human lives. She hopes to pursue a career in communications in the near future, and hopes you all enjoy her articles.
Kerri Lishak
Kerri Lishak, Reporter
Kerri Lishak is a 16 year old sophomore at Colonia High School. She attended St. John Vianney her whole life and enrolled in public school her freshman year. She loves everything Colonia has provided her with and the many friends she has made along the way. Lishak enjoys many things: spending time with family and friends, cheering, shopping, and writing in her free time. She cheers for the Freshmen and JV football teams, along with the competition team in the Winter. She hopes to continue cheering in the future at the college of her choice. Her intentions are to attend a great college and study to become an attorney in the nearby future. She's excited to see what else life has in store for her.

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