Sauk Valley Community College’s mascot has a new name thanks to a Milledgeville third grade student.
Holly Smith, a third grader at Milledgeville Elementary School in Milledgeville was chosen as the top winner in the College’s “Name the Mascot” Contest for her entry “Slammin’ Sammy.” She was awarded with a plaque and other prizes at a special presentation on Saturday during Sauk’s men and women’s basketball games.
“This is a wonderful of example of not only how Sauk is part of all our communities, but how all our communities are an important part of us,” said SVCC President Dr. George Mihel. “We enjoyed seeing their imaginations and creativity and look forward to them becoming Sauk students in the future.”
In addition six additional awards were presented. Three students were recognized for their coloring talents. Those students included Cassidy Wilson, St. Mary’s School, Dixon; Calista Kern-Lyons, home schooled; and Kaylynn Cain, Lincoln School, Sterling.
Also, three students were recognized for their creative stories of how the mascot was born and became Sauk’s mascot. Those students included Caitlin Farley, St. Mary’s School, Dixon; Madalyn Dahl, Bureau Valley North; and Katie Bonnell, St. Mary’s School, Dixon.
“This was a fun thing for everybody to take part in,” said Luis Moreno, Sauk’s dean of student services. “A big thank you goes out to all the students and schools that were nice enough to participate with us.” He added that Smith and her students in her classroom will be treated to a pizza party at their school with an appearance by the mascot.
The award winners were selected from more than 3,000 third through fifth grade students at 27 different elementary schools within in the SVCC district and more. The entries were judged by Sauk staff with final winners chosen by the College’s Marketing Committee.