Okemos Public Schools reveals new mascot logo recommendation

School board voted to change mascot name to Wolves in February
Okemos Public Schools reveals new mascot logo recommendation
Published: Mar. 14, 2022 at 7:30 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 14, 2022 at 11:08 PM EDT
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OKEMOS, Mich. (WILX) - We have our first look at Okemos Public Schools’ new mascot logo.

The mascot logo recommendation went before the school board Monday.

The board voted to change the mascot to Wolves in February after the district had used the Chiefs for years. The decision was made over concerns it was insensitive to the indigenous community.

Read: ‘Chiefs’ no more -- Okemos Public Schools officially change mascot nickname

Superintendent John Hood asked for a committee of students from all backgrounds -- including athletics, drama and academic clubs -- to give their input on a new mascot.

“They knew they wanted ‘together,’ that family team oriented approach in the process,” Hood said. “They knew they wanted a wolf that was noble, not one too cartoonish or too aggressive. They wanted to hit a middle ground there, they wanted something that would be unique to Okemos. They wanted a logo where someone would say, ‘That’s Okemos and that’s the Okemos’ wolf.’”

Gabe Viscomi, the owner of a screen-printing business in Portland and an Okemos graduate, is behind the new logo. He called the logo a reflection of ideas.

“The process was really fun for everybody. We started with a base design and that morphed into what it became,” Viscomi said. “That process of morphing was extremely collaborative, several meeting, lots of people, talking about the nitty gritty things of how does this logo represent us.”

Related: Native American Heritage fund supports mascot changes

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