Best of the ‘Burbs 2015: High school mascot and sports fans
Cardinals, Cross Plains and Middleton
Anyone who’s been to a high school sporting event in Wisconsin will tell you: It’s a big deal–and not just for students. Spending the end of your weekday under Friday night lights, in a rowdy gym or out on a soccer field, track or baseball diamond is a given, for kids and adults alike. And there’s no such thing as too much team spirit when it comes to repping your school’s colors. It’s like this almost everywhere in Wisconsin, says Anjie Harris-Ostrem, and Middleton High School is no exception. “We’re a mirror of Wisconsin High School athletics,” she says. Harris-Ostrem is the booster club president for Middleton High School. The school’s mascot, the Cardinal, makes regular game-time appearances to pump up the crowd. Harris-Ostrem says sixty percent of high schoolers at Middleton are involved in at least one sport. She’s hoping that number will grow with the help of programs they’ve developed to help student-athletes pay for essentials needed to participate. No student should be turned away because they can’t pay, she says.
Finalists (for both categories): Vikings, Mount Horeb; Vanguards, Black Earth and Mazomanie
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