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Canandaigua opens voting for final mascot selection: Bears, Cardinals, or Gray Wolves?

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Starting Tuesday, the Canandaigua City School District launches its conclusive survey for selecting a new mascot and symbol, in response to the New York State Education Department’s directive last November.


The mandate required all districts with Native American mascots to introduce replacements by the conclusion of the 2022-23 academic year.

The current survey, which will run from October 10 to 15, queries participants if they favor having a nickname/mascot for the school district. Should respondents affirmatively choose to have a mascot, they will further be presented with three final options: Bears, Cardinals, or Gray Wolves. Depending on the majority preference, the leading choice will be submitted for the school board’s endorsement on October 30.

The district has also shared a video illustrating potential mascot designs, including insights into prospective athletic field artwork, team uniforms, and fan merchandise. The district intends to announce the survey results on November 3.