The strength of one town was sculpted to life in a mascot unveiling ceremony Friday morning.
Newcastle said hello to Dogie Spirit (pronounced like dough-gee), the mascot of Newcastle High School.
The sculpted calf was about five years in the making, with time spent on the idea and mini models. Then Gary Schoop sculpted the large memorial, which now sits in front of Newcastle High School.
The definition of dogie is a motherless or neglected calf, but Newcastle residents recognize the strength in a mascot who has to fight for everything. "We kinda go through some hard times and we can make it," said Ann McColley, who thought of having Dogie Spirit sculpted. "And the Dogie is the mascot of the school for years and years, and I think it's just a great memorial to our town and the school."
Schoop, who said the hardest part was getting Dogie Spirit's face just right, was pleased with the result. "I think it turned out good, I'm happy. Better than I thought actually," Schoop laughed.
Students from Newcastle High School attended the unveiling ceremony, and the student body president says he can't wait to walk past Dogie Spirit every day.