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Mascot tryouts held

by Mark Smith, Web and Opinion editor

This spring, the HPU Cheerleading Team will be looking for motivated students to tryout for the role of Sharky the Sea Warrior for the 2004-05 school year.

Sharky is HPU’s new mascot. He debuted last semester at Halloween Hoopla and has received positive feedback from the HPU community.


“He’s kind of a ‘Joe Cool’ character,” said Head Cheerleading Coach Ashley Edwards. “We needed a mascot that kids would enjoy and have fun with . . . we’re even thinking about adding a female version of Sharky in the future.”

The idea of using a shark to represent the Sea Warriors came after Liz Tiglao, the associate director for the Office of Student Life, organized a committee of faculty and staff to come up with ideas and suggestions. A drawing competition was held last spring and the winning submission depicted a shark on a surf board.

“ Students interested in applying should have a sense of fun and enjoy performing in front of large crowds,” said Edwards. “It’s a great way for students to get involved with the University and have fun.”

A scholarship is available, but the amount is unknown at this time as the mascot program is still under development, Edwards added.

Auditions will be held at the Central YMCA on Atkinson Drive in Honolulu on the following dates:

Friday, March 5, 6 - 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 6, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m .

Sunday, March 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Videotaped tryouts will be accepted. They are due in the Office of Student Life by Friday, March 5.

For more details, stop by the Office of Student Life or call Coach Edwards at 566-2477.


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