The Mohawk Trail Regional High School Warriors’ mascot is shifting gears.
For the past two years, Mohawk has led the school community to re-imagine the high school’s mascot.
Mohawk’s Local Education Council has decided to move forward with changing the school’s ‘Chief’ logo while keeping the ‘Warriors’ nickname.
Mohawk Trail Regional High School Co-Principal Marisa Mendonsa told 22News the LEC is considering local efforts like those at Turners Falls High School to remove Native American imagery. And over the past several years Mohawk has transitioned away from the Native American imagery to the Mohawk ‘M.’
As for next steps, Mendonsa said the LEC will identify whether or not the high school wants to continue using the ‘M’ or pursue a different logo.
“The next steps for the LEC to make those decisions on how to gather community input and make decisions moving forward,” Mendonsa told 22News.
Mae Rice-Lesure, a senior at Mohawk Trail Regional High explained the reasoning for the change.
“It’s important that people understand exactly why we’re changing and what the change is,” said Rice-Lesure.
One Mohawk sophomore told 22News, it’s also important for students to speak up and have their voices heard.
As a public school, Mendonsa told 22News, Mohawk will have to consider the cost of rebranding saying, “as new things are needed, [Mohawk] will make that transition over time.”