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Contentious election: Students vote to name school mascot
Nov. 2, 2020 – What is a ram if it doesn’t have a name? It’s just a ram.

Students at San Antonio ISD’s Irving Dual Language Academy have strong feelings about their ram mascot. And the school’s librarian is helping them put their feelings into words – or more specifically, into proper nouns – through an election process. From pre-kindergarteners through seventh-graders, students are voting for one of six proper names in this campus’ most contentious election.

On the ballot, are the following six candidates:

• Ramiro
• Rocky
• Ramón
• Ramses
• Cramilton
• Dodge

Early voting began Oct. 26 and concludes today, Monday, Nov. 2, since tomorrow’s national Election Day is a student holiday. Voting hours have been 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. each school day, and the polling site has been the school’s front office. Students have been voting in-person or through private message, “mail in” ballots.

To understand the responsibility of voting and good citizenship, students in elementary grades have been learning about the election process during social studies and library time. Middle schoolers also have been covering election content through their classroom lessons.

All votes will be counted, and the winning ram name will be announced during Wednesday, Nov. 4 morning announcements. The ram and its new name also will be introduced on the school’s website and Facebook page.

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