By Ed Harris
Derynoski Elementary School has a new dragon mascot that will appear on all apparel and communications from the school.
Eight-year-old Ma-ckenzie Monahan desi-gned the new dragon, which she named Spotty. Mackenzie’s dragon competed against 45 other submissions in the Design a Dragon contest.
“We didn’t have a consistent dragon,” said front office staff member Joy Cooney. Cooney said the school sends out a red dragon emblem with its correspondence, but not-ed that the staff has used whatever dragons they could find online.
Drawing dragons is nothing new for Mack-enzie. Mackenzie has been drawing since she was five and has a soft spot for reptiles, especially dragons.
Mackenzie used various parts from four dragons she had already desig-ned to create the new school mascot.
“I sort of decided to take parts from each and I got that one,” she said of Spotty.
Mackenzie found out that her dragon had won over the morning announ-cements.
Mackenzie said she was surprised that she won.
The Design a Dragon Contest was run by Cooney and art teacher Michelle Ginand. The students worked on their submissions on their own time and had to follow certain criteria.
The dragon had to be friendly, mostly red (the Derynoski school color) and show good character, like the students at the school.
“The kids were very excited,” said Ginand.
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