MH to vote on two logos for Altamont School
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Apr 18, 2014 | 4129 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — After approving a design for the new Altamont School panther logo on Wednesday night, Lammersville Unified School District officials decided Thursday to change their decision and let the community pick a winner using an online based contest, according to district spokeswoman Noel Balzarini.

At Wednesday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Kirk Nicholas announced the board had picked a winner using a blind ballot system, in which the judges had no idea who made the submissions. He said the voters, consisting of district administrators, staff and principals, had chosen a design submitted by Breahna Berry and displayed the panther design on a large screen during the meeting.

Balzarini said on Thursday that the board had felt rushed in their process, and wanted to continue with their tradition of letting the public decide such matters.

“The community is being asked to vote on the top two submissions,” she said.

By going on the district website,, residents can choose between the top two panther logo designs, which are displayed on the left.

Balzarini said voting will conclude Monday.

The announcement to seek community submissions for a new logo was made last week. It came in the wake of district officials receiving the results of a January survey to decide the school’s colors and animal mascot of Altamont Village students in grades six through eight.

Balzarini said about 175 students took part in the survey, and they chose a panther for their mascot and dark purple and gold as their school colors.

The next step in the process was to let the community come up with a mascot design, she said.

The panther design will appear around the Altamont campus, including in the school’s gymnasium.

It follows a longstanding tradition in LUSD’s K-8 schools to have a feline mascot represent the student body. The Altamont Panthers join the Bethany Bobcats, Lammersville Lions, Questa Cougars and Wicklund Wildcats.

A ribbon cutting at Altamont School is scheduled at 6 p.m. June 18. The school official opens its doors in August.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at or 830-4225.

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