It was a show of extreme school pride when the students and staff of Carbonear Academy unveiled its team jerseys and team mascot on Feb. 13.
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Members of the Carbonear Lions Club were at Carbonear Academy on Feb. 13 for the unveiling of the school's mascot during a pep rally. Shown here are (l-r): Tom Reynolds, Hayward Peddle, George Butt, Karen Butt, president Fred Power and Bill Oates.
In a pep rally full of energetic and screaming students, members of the school's sports teams got things started.
More than a dozen of the school's athletes did a rousing rendition of Queen's "We Will Rock You" with the use of various types of athletic balls.
As a cadre of students carried a yellow flag with the intimidating visage of a lion on the front, the rest dribbled the balls to the beat of the song.
Then, teacher Trevor Smith led students in a customized version of the song "What Does A Fox Say?"
In his version, Smith substituted the word lion for the word fox in the lyrics.
When the call and response action reached a fever pitch, the school's new mascot lion dashed from a side entrance raising the excitement level even higher.
As the lion ran around the gym, students dashed to get their piece of it.
Built on the grounds of the former home of the Carbonear Lions Club, when officials were deciding on the team name it quickly became obvious the best thing to do was to pay tribute to this fact with the selection of the team name. The Lions Club also sponsored the mascot.
The club was not the only member of the community to sponsor a part of the school as many businesses sponsored jerseys.