LAWRENCEVILLE - Olivia Hood said she thinks the mascot for Mountain View High School "looks pretty fierce."
An image of the mascot shows a burly, snarling bear with long claws gripping a black "M" inset with a metallic gold "V."
Gwinnett County Public Schools on Friday unveiled the mascots and logos for its newest high schools, Mountain View and Archer, opening this August. Determining the mascots - Archer Tigers and Mountain View Bears - is an important part of developing a new school's culture, officials said.
"It has been a great beginning in the new Archer cluster as students, parents and community members worked to select the mascot and colors to represent our school for generations to come," Archer High Principal Charles "Buck" Buchanan said. "I am extremely excited about everyone working together to build a solid foundation of achievement in this wonderful community."
An image of Archer's mascot features a leaping red tiger and the school's signature "A." The school's colors are red and gray, with black and white accents.
During the past month, Buchanan and Mountain View principal Keith Chaney has led committees of students, parents and community members in selecting their schools' mascots and colors.
"Meeting with the community, parents and students of the new Mountain View cluster as we worked to select the high school mascot and colors was a highlight in my professional career," Chaney said. "Leading this effort as we laid the groundwork for a school culture of expecting excellence in everything that we do was amazing."
Hood, a ninth-grader at Collins Hill High who plans to attend Mountain View, was on the school's committee. She said committee members were given choices of mascots and color schemes, and each person rated the options.
John Upchurch and Todd Sims of Scholastic Images Inc./Balfour and Scott McIntyre of All American Specialities partnered with the new schools during the creative process.
"As Partners in Education at Archer and Mountain View, we have enjoyed working with these two communities designing the mascots, logos and choosing the school colors," Upchurch said. "We are extremely pleased with the end result and feel that we have created something unique and different that will help define these new school communities."
To learn more about the schools, visit their Web sites at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/ArcherHS and www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/MountainViewHS.