The Lansing School District received an $87,500 grant from the Native American Heritage Fund to rebrand the J.W. mascot.
At the start of the 2022-23 school year, the current students and staff had input on the first round of mascot names.
A community input session was held on 9.28.22 at Sexton High School with the student's top 6. Two additional names were added after community input.
After the Community input session, a survey was sent out to all students, families, staff, and alumni on 10.18.22, closing on 10.24.22
- J Dubbs 576
- Big Dawgs 228
- Cardinals 227
- Scarlet Knights 122
- Scorpions 57
- Vipers 56
- Transformers 19
Current Sexton students and staff received the survey results of the top five and, via vote that ran from 10.28 – 11.4. They voted to determine the most popular name, 1 being the most popular and 5 being the least favorite.
That list of names/rankings was emailed to the district's executive team at the completion of the ranking process on 11.4. See below for results:
- J Dubbs 96 - 29.7%
- Scorpions 76 - 23.5%
- Cardinals 61 - 18.9%
- Big Dawgs 53 - 16.4%
- Scarlet Knights* 37 - 8.7%
*Scarlet Knights was removed, as the Native American Community has voiced concern over the continuation of the color red being referred in the name, in this case by using the word, Scarlet.
Students presented these rankings and their recommendations at the ISS meeting held at J.W. Sexton High School to the Board of Education on 11.10. The Board of Education unanimously approved the students second choice Scorpions as the new mascot name. The Board of Education also approved the continuation of the nickname J Dubbs to be used.
The name approved, Scorpions, by the Board of Education, will now begin the design process for the mascot/logo with current students/staff having voice. There will be an opportunity for the community to provide feedback on the design. The final design approved by the Sexton administration and the Director of Communication, will be sent to the executive team and board of education for review.
11.18.22 The Board of Education tabled the discussion of the Mascot name until the December 1, 2022, board meeting.
Once the design is approved by the board of education, the new mascot and logo will be released to the public during a pep rally before the 2022 Holiday break.
The new mascot and logo will be fully implemented by the beginning of S.Y. 23-24.
On 11.11.22, Anthony Jerome Stone Jr., MA, from the University of Cincinnati spoke to students in an assembly at the J.W. Sexton auditorium about the importance of the mascot change. He will also speak to the staff during their upcoming professional development.