Freeport — Shortly after 1962 Highland College adopted the Cougar as its official mascot. It appears however that in all the excitement over the past 54 years, no one knows the Cougar’s name. Why you ask? Because the Highland Cougar mascot never received one despite that for generations, the Cougar has been entertaining fans and students at athletic events and other College-related activities.
Well, that’s all about to end and you’re invited to participate in a contest sponsored by the HCC Student Senate to name that cougar! With your help, it seems finally the unnamed mascot will soon be getting an official moniker.
The contest will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will be the initial submission of suggested names from students, staff and community at large. The second will consist of a community-wide vote to select the official name from a short list of finalists.
The contest to name the Cougar is open to all students, staff and the community in Highland’s district. From now through March 1, individuals can submit a suggested name here or by calling the Student Senate office at 815.599.3603. Each naming submission must include the contact information of the person entering the contest along with a brief explanation of why the name is being suggested.
The Student Senate will select three finalist names from the submissions. These mascot names will then be included in a poll on the homepage of highland.edu beginning March 7. The poll will be open for voting by students, staff and the residents of the College district.
The mascot name receiving the most votes by April 1 will be chosen as the official name for the Highland Cougar to be presented to the HCC Board of Trustees for approval on April 19, 2016.
The individual or individuals who suggest the winning name will receive an HCC hoodie and a season pass to all men’s and women’s home basketball games and home volleyball games for the 2016-17 season.