Behind the Mascot: East unleashes Mr. and Mrs. Titans
Nov. 26, 2011 at 5:26 a.m.
Updated Nov. 27, 2011 at 5:27 a.m.
DID YOU KNOW?
The term "mascot" came into the English language from the French word, "mascotte," meaning sorcerer's charm.
The word can probably also be traced back to Medieval Latin "masca" which means witch or specter.
The word was popularized by French composer Edmond Audran's 1880 opera "La Mascotte."
Sources: thefreedictionary.com dictionary.com
It took three whole Titan mascots to rein in the East High School spirit that was unleashed this year.
Taking a boost from last year's spirit, this year's football games and pep rallies went from featuring one Titan mascot to the enduring enthusiasm of Mr. and Mrs. Titan and the big-headed Turbo Titan.
"It definitely shows we have more school spirit than the other side of town," joked Danielle Smith, AKA Mrs. Titan.
Each mascot made his or her own journey toward representing the East side of Victoria.
Danielle, 17, was just looking for a high school activity to be a part of and asked the cheerleaders if they needed a mascot.
Collin Bednorz, who was the lone Titan last year, stumbled into the gig after being asked by East Principal Greg Crockett, the 17-year-old said.
And Sean Morin, who dons the big bobble head, said he jumped on board to meet new people after moving to the school this year.
"The first time I put on the mascot, it was a pep rally, and I barely made it out of here alive," Sean, 17, said. "Everybody would stop and take pictures and know my name. That day I felt like a giant celebrity."
Danielle said she had a similar experience, gaining friends and notoriety at her school thanks to her Mrs. Titan title. She said she was nervous to step in front of the crowd during her first performance, but she found the gig to be freeing.
"It was OK to be myself, and I didn't have to act like somebody I wasn't," she said. "You have to have courage, and you have to have big confidence in who you are."
And since the three mascots are seniors and will have to pass the Titan torch to other students next year, Collin provided some more qualities required to represent East.
"Outgoing, goofy, not really afraid about what people are going to think about what you're doing," he said. There's also a lot of running and sweating, especially if the football boys are scoring touchdowns.
At any game, crowds can see the three mascots run flags down the sidelines or watch Collin and Sean do a pretty mean chest bump. Danielle jumps in, too, performing a special handshake with Sean or a signature dance with Collin.
The three Titan mascots said the duty of representing East has been an honor that's boosted their school spirit more than ever.
"It's like we're one big family. If you mess with one East person, then you're messing with all of us," Danielle said.