When Freeman students return to the school building, they will be welcomed back by more than their teachers and extensive COVID prevention guidelines: they are coming back to a new mascot.
Since Freeman chose to move on from the “Rebels” nickname and adopt the “Mavericks” as the school’s new mascot this past November, this March will be the first time Freeman students learn in-person as “Mavs.”
Almost four months since Mavericks was selected over the Pioneers, Trailblazers, and United, some students have seen their opinions shift on the new name, while time has solidified the attitudes of others.
Senior Hannah Gee said that when the new mascot was announced, “the first thing I thought about was Logan Paul, which was not not good.” “But after I looked at it […] my opinion changed on it because it is also like Top Gun and Tom [Cruise],” said Hannah.
Junior Sam Moran said he also thought of Top Gun when Freeman announced that the Mavericks would be the new school mascot.
“[Mavericks is] really catchy and has […] an established presence as a mascot in America,” said Junior Joseph Chambers. “I thought it was most similar to [the Rebels]without being offensive,” Joseph said.
“I feel like it was the smallest change they could make [while] making it better […] and listening to people’s feelings,” said Hannah.
Freeman defines a Maverick “an individual who thinks differently, blazes a new trail, breaks from the herd, and stands out,” but students agree that this definition may be too much to ask of us in our daily lives.
“It is pretty optimistic to imagine that everybody at Freeman has the freedom to express themselves in every way, they [want],” said Joseph. Sam said that “we’re not some superhero school, but I mean, I do think it sets a good standard for what we should expect from ourselves.”
Entrepreneur and owner of NBA team The Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban believes that a Maverick is an individual “who has a dream and a vision and follows the path they set to realize it.” He added that “a Maverick should do what they believe is right and try to […] make society a better place for all those who need help.”
In Mr. Cuban’s eyes, a Maverick “[loves] to learn, [loves] to help people, [and loves] to compete.”
Some of the virtues that Freeman students listed as the embodiment of their mascot are initiative, creativity, imagination, perseverance, and individuality.
More than just making a difference in the classroom, students seem to agree that Mavericks should be active members of the community. “Mavericks are […] happy to serve the community,” said Joseph.
Mavericks should actively be “finding new ways to contribute to their communities [and] finding new places that need help,” said Sam.
As for helping the Freeman Family and surrounding community acclimate to the new mascot, students feel that the school has done a great job.
“I honestly think the gear change was the most important thing that they could have done,” said Joseph . He added that he’s “not sure how much acclamation needs to be done for the new name given that we didn’t use [the Rebels] all that much.” Sam urges “incorporating it into everyday life,” to help people get used to saying the new name.
There will undoubtedly be slip-ups with the new mascot and students wearing old Rebels gear, but students must do their part to leave the past in the past and look forward to our years to come as Mavericks.