Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Our School Mascot

We heard last Spring that our elementary school would be getting a school mascot costume.  It was announced that 5th grade students could enter into a contest to win the position.

Our resident 5th grader debated on whether or not he wanted to try out.  Actually, he wanted to try out, but was afraid his competition would be too intense.  I encouraged him to show the world his inner Michael Jackson (he's got the "Moves like Jackson"......which is really what that song should be called, by the way.)

Need I say more?

 He decided -Yes!  He was going to give it a shot.

Twelve 5th graders were at the audition.  They would find out the following day who made it to call-backs.

The next day, Tommy walked in beaming.  He was one of 6 students who got a call back!!

Before the second audition, I showed him a video for a little inspiration. 

Donald O'Connor from Singing in the Rain.  A classic scene. 

Tommy was fascinated.  And energized to go back to the auditions and give it his all.

3 students would be chosen.  Each taking turns being Roary and being Roary's 2 "handlers".

Tommy was one of the 3! 

From beginning to end it was a joy to see him going through the process: From excitement, to self doubt, then overcoming fear, hard work, and a goal accomplished.

Good for you Tommy!  You are the Bomb!


  1. Hi Kathleen! Yay Tommy! I love that he felt confident enough to bust a move in front of his peers. Not an easy thing! And to have the honor of being the mascot? Priceless! You are really his source of strength and encouragement. I say, Good for you too :)

  2. Looks like a interesting thing to try and do!

  3. Way to go Tommy. So proud of you. The crowd is gonna love you!. Good luck! Love, Uncle Bob

  4. Fabulous! Congratulations, Tommy! Have a blast! Hats off to you, Kathleen, for your great guidance and the "can do" attitude that you inspired! xo

  5. Oh my gosh!!!! That's just AWESOME!!!!

  6. Congratulations Tommy!! How much fun will this be!