There is a unique opportunity available for one lucky Minnetonka High School (MHS) student to become the new face of the athletics department. It won't be just any face, however. It will be the face of The Skipper, the musclebound longtime mascot of MHS.
To help boost school spirit during the 2017-18 school year, MHS is looking for someone to take on the role of The Skipper for the upcoming football season, as well as other games, parades and special events throughout the year.
Imagine being part of MHS mascot history, a tradition that goes back more than 60 years. The school's first mascot, Oscar the Octopus, debuted in the 1952-53 school year and ended its run in 1984-85. The following year MHS adopted Skip the Duck, which was selected by the student body through a popular vote.
Skip the Duck lasted just a few years before Skipper made his debut during the 1989-90 school year. This will be his 28th year representing MHS as the school's official mascot.
"It takes a special person to do it," says MHS student activities director Ted Schultz. "We're looking for someone who likes working with crowds, working with teams, being at events and showing spirit."
Performing as The Skipper is a lot of fun, but there is some work involved. For example, the Skipper costume itself weighs roughly 25 pounds, so students should be prepared to carry that weight around.
Also, temperatures inside The Skipper costume can be 30 to 40 degrees warmer than the outside temperature, depending on weather conditions, although an ice vest and CamelBak hydration pack help keep the person in the costume cool.
There is one more main requirement, according to Mr. Schultz.
"You need to be outgoing!" he says.
There are no official tryouts scheduled for The Skipper role, but interested students can visit the MHS Activities Office or telephone Mr. Schultz at 952-401-5901 or email Ted.Schultz@minnetonkaschools.org.