Correlieu Secondary School has a new school logo and team name.
The school went through the process to change its team name from the Clan to the Coyotes over the summer, after allowing students to suggest names and taking a series of votes.
Vice principal Brian Cullinane says the school just “felt like it was time” to change the name. When he made the original call for name ideas, Cullinane says he probably had more than 150 ideas submitted. Together with a group of about 10 students, from each grade, Cullinane whittled the name ideas down to a list of five names before holding the first school-wide vote.
The two names with the least votes were dropped, and they held another vote with the top three names. The Correlieu Coyotes was the winning name.
The selection of the new name took place at the end of the 2017/2018 school year, and then they were in a time crunch to get a logo. A new gym floor was scheduled to be put in over the summer and Cullinane wanted the new logo to go in with it.
He took a few logo submissions from students, but one in particular stood out. “I thought, ‘Oh, this is the one.’ It just looked so great.”
The artist, Casey Fisher, then a grade 10 student at the school, took some feedback from Cullinane and came back with a new draft, a process that continued until they had settled on the perfect logo.
And now, the logo is proudly displayed at centre court in the new gym floor.
Fisher said it is really cool to have her artwork in the gym floor – and as the school’s new logo. A lot of work went into it, as she researched coyotes and tried to find the best angle to draw the coyote on the logo.
“One thing we talked about was soft edges versus hard edges, like for the corners … hard looked much better, because it was more fierce,” says Fisher. “And more intimidating, which I think is what we should be going for.”
When Correlieu initially changed it’s name to the Clan, it was largely driven by a basketball coach working for the school at the time. That coach is Fisher’s grandfather.
“It’s kind of cool that he was part of the change from the Nordiques to the Clan and that Casey then did this for us,” says Cullinane.