To the delight of students.
“Hey Cougar over here!”
Scooter is a star wherever he goes, but the excited kids at the Friday night Rock Bridge High School football game treated him like royalty.
“Scooter! C’mere baby.”
“Oh yeah,” said one boy after a four, five?-way hug. Scooter was giving and getting quite a few hugs this night, maybe because of the cold temperatures and biting winds. Or maybe because he’s just so huggable.
Scooter’s paw formed a fist for the now-standard fist bump with the boy. Scooter then drew his paw back, opened his four fingers wide and mimicked an explosion. It’s the exploding fist bump, another Scooter specialty.
“Hey you’re on my Friday Folder!” yelled one girl. Everyone had to yell to be heard over the booming PA, the screaming crowds.
Scooter’s likeness is indeed on Columbia Public Schools’ Friday Folders, but Scooter wasn’t at Rock Bridge and earlier Hickman high schools to promote himself. He was there to help reveal the new Columbia College logo on both high schools’ scoreboards, officially unveiled on Sept. 15 during President Gerald Brouder’s State of the College address. The college is helping to support the district’s underfunded athletic and activities programs.
The announcer began.
“In early 2010, Columbia College set out to rediscover and define its brand … The new Columbia College brand symbolizes the colleges’ ability to re-think college education for a new century, for a different kind of student … “
The high school cheerleaders stacked themselves up in front of the scoreboard, one girl held aloft by two others. You wouldn’t think so, but it was a surprisingly stable arrangement.
“Tonight, Columbia College is delighted to be here with you to share with you the new Columbia College brand …”
And Scooter tore off the sheet of canvas to reveal the elegant new logo.
“We are --
--the cheerleaders yelled, tumbling off each others’ shoulders and landing safely.
Stephanie Johnson, associate director, Admissions, Tina McNeil and Sarah Manfucci, admissions counselors, did their part in keeping the crowd’s sprits up, too, throwing CC towels with the new logo into the stands.
Oh, and the games? That’s the sad part of this story. Rock Bridge lost to the Jefferson City Jays, 31-14, as did Hickman, 10-0 to the Hannibal Pirates.