I AM OXFORD
Besides his studies, Oxford High School sophomore Pearson Stevens has another very important job: He’s the man behind the Chargers mascot, “Bolt,” revving up the crowds at games and fostering school spirit among students.
INTERVIEWED BY Edward Brown | PHOTOGRAPHED BY Joe Worthem
Q: How did you get to be the mascot?
A: I first saw (the notice about) a tryout for the mascot on our school website and thought that it would be a fun thing to do. Looking back, I’m really glad that I went and tried out.
Q: What did you have to do at the tryouts?
A: I danced and also did a bit of tumbling. It was difficult, but also fun.
Q: What are some of the fun things about being the mascot?
A: As the mascot, I’ve gotten to develop some great relationships with the cheerleaders. One of my favorite things about the position is that I get to go to lots of football and basketball games.
Q: What was it like to see the Chargers win state?
A: It was amazing. The team was playing hard, the students were going wild, and we were cheering loud. I was really proud of the team. They worked so hard the whole year to get to that point, so they deserved that win.
Q: Some colleges offer scholarships for mascots. Are you considering pursuing it in college?
A: I’ve considered it in college, but I am not sure where I want to go yet. It’s definitely an option, but I don’t know yet. I am looking at other colleges, but I do love Ole Miss.