Northeast State has a new mascot. Thousands of online ballots were cast and a majority of voters selected the BEARS as the first mascot name to represent the College!
The voting results were revealed today in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the main campus at Blountville. Voters selected the Bears over the Owls and Jets mascot options. A Bear mascot will represent the College at various events as a goodwill ambassador.
Bears represent one of the most recognizable and awe-inspiring animals of our region and in the whole of North America. References to bears are found in ancient and modern literature, folk songs, legends, mythology, and children stories. Bears are among the first animals that children learn to recognize.
The College sought to establish a symbol to represent college pride and reflect a regional identity for the public. Northeast State surveyed students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members to develop creative ideas for the campaign.
Northeast State wishes to thank everyone who voted and all the project’s contributors for their work and support.