Columbian adds new mascots

There is to be a excitement at the Tiffin Columbian High School beginning Friday with the launching of two additional mascots and the newly renovated track, field and stadium.

Phase one of the Frost- Kalnow Stadium project has been completed just in time for the first football game of the season Friday. The project began June 4 and the stadium received its last coat of paint Aug. 17, Tiffin City Schools Director of Operations Scott Daniel said.

The stadium was painted with epoxy paint and repairs to the concrete structure also were made. The reserved section of the bleachers was renumbered and the track was resurfaced with two coats of rubber. Trico Systems was the general contractor for the stadium and the track was done by All American Tracks.

Phase two of the project is to begin next summer and future projects are to include repairs to the field, lighting and score board, Daniel said.

“We are preserving an important Tiffin landmark for future generations to come,” Daniel said.

The track, field and stadium are used by Tiffin University, Calvert Catholic Schools and Tiffin City Schools.

Three new faces will be joining Teddy Tornado as mascots for Tiffin City Schools, Rain, Storm, and Number One.

Rain and Storm are female and male superheroes respectively that will be portrayed by Columbian High School students, in addition to a blue Number One. The new mascots and Teddy will be part of a secret spirit squad to incorporate more student involvement in school spirit.

The costumes for Storm and Rain are school colors of blue and gold. Storm is to be fashioned in the blue the boys wear during graduation, and Rain in gold for the girls. The two also will be dressed for the sport they are attending, Iannantuono said.

“We want the students and community to know it is an honor and privilege to wear the blue and gold,” TCS Board member Dawn Iannantuono, said. “It is to be an opportunity for the kids that are not involved in sports or a club to be able to participate and not feel shy. They can go out and have fun while doing something good.”

Teddy is tradition, Iannantuono said, and he is not to go away.

Janet Molineaux, co-advisor for the Key Club, has spent 20 hours getting Teddy ready for this school year, she said. Teddy has been around for many years with different versions. The current costume is 10 years old.

Molineaux said Teddy is to attend more games and parades.

Columbian senior Sam Smith said Teddy is a symbol of the school and he grew up knowing him. He said that the idea of the new mascots is good for school spirit, but sees them more aimed toward younger children.

Smith said it will be good to see Teddy more at the games.

Marina DelTurco, also a senior at Columbian, said the mascots are a good idea and to incorporate Teddy is good.

“They are just something new and will be good for the elementary kids and to incorporate more school spirit,” DelTurco said.

The mascots are to be featured at athletic and non-athletic events, Columbian Principal Mark Verocco said.

“We are not changing our tradition,” Verocco said. “There is only one Teddy, fight song and alma mater. We are just looking at serving more students and to have school pride.”

The student who volunteer to wear the costumes the most are to be eligible for scholarships, Iannantuono said. The mascot costumes are to be maintained through fundraising events and a maintenance fund.