PAW PAW, Mich. — Paw Paw Public Schools narrowed their search for a new nickname down to three candidates and are asking the public for artwork to go along with the potential monikers.
The district has been embattled over the changing its mascot and nickname since 2016 and voted to change the name once and for just days before COVID-19 shut down the state.
The Student Nickname Task Force is holding open submissions for artwork for three possible contenders to take the place of the rejected former mascot.
On their website, the school says they hope to see a wide variety of artwork from amateurs, professionals, children and adults. There's no limit to the number of designs that can be submitted, but obviously they must relate to the three nickname candidates; The Lions, The Phoenixes, or The Wolves.
"You can submit ideas for any and/or all of the following: logo, mascot, character, lettering/font, etc.; be creative." The school's site says. "You can borrow/incorporate ideas that are already in existence, such as logos from other sources, but during this process images from other sources will be changed to be unique to Paw Paw."
Submissions must several meet guidelines to be considered and will be judged by students as young as 5th grade according to the task force's Facebook page. Submissions, ideas, and suggestions can be shared there. Several designs have already been submitted.