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ESCANABA – It’s become an iconic mascot figure across the U.P. and if you’re from Escanaba, it’s become synonymous to high school football. I’m talking about, of course, the one and only Escanaba Eskymo.
“I always refer to him as a person because he does have this reputation and that’s why I want to make sure that’s what he’s known for,” says Kris Aiken, Teacher Consultant at Escanaba High School.
Mo the Eskymo has seen his fair share of history, serving as the official mascot of Escanaba High School for over 40 years.
“He’s been in the Christmas parade, all things like that and we’re getting geared up for Homecoming next week,” said Aiken.
Perhaps what is less known is the face behind Mo.
Kris Aiken, a teacher consultant at Escanaba High School, has held the Mo mantle for about 2 years. Something that is easier said than done.
“You have to think outside the box,” says Aiken. “Like seeing a ref or somebody and saying, ‘Oh I’m going to go high-five them’ or just being really impromptu, sporadic and running around. You also have to not mind heat.” (laughs)
Speaking to Aiken, you can’t help but sense there’s something more to Mo than just his image. The beloved mascot is widely known for attending sporting events, but he’s been known to spring up at other events too.
“Whether it’s the fine arts or the athletics I love going to them,” said Aiken. “Now they know they have their mascot and it just brings back more tradition and it just keeps us living what we want, we want Mo- we want everyone, in some part, be a Mo that’s going to be a cheerleader for other people, be respectful, have sportsmanship, and even if things don’t go our way we’re going to roll with it. That’s what he is and that’s what we want from our students and staff too, and the community.”
Be sure to look out for Mo when Escanaba host Sault Ste. Marie tomorrow night.