For a number of years, the Las Animas School District has entertained the idea of changing the mascot and colors of Las Animas Junior High School to align with the high school.
There have been a number of symbolic reasons such as school pride and cohesiveness with the blue and white Trojans. Another deciding factor is that the competition gym for the junior high has been the Trojan gymnasium for a number of years.
Both the elementary and secondary building accountabilities have had an opportunity to weigh in on this issue and provide feedback for the school board. The committee asked for incoming junior high students to be surveyed to allow for student voice in the decision-making process.
The survey results had 82 percent vote to change over to the blue and white Trojans and 18 percent voted to keep the colors and mascot the same.
The board voted to change the colors and mascot to align with the blue and white Trojans to align to the high school.