Should Milford High alumni change its Indian mascot?
With the Washington Redskins name under the hottest national spotlight, sports teams with Native American names in general are coming under more scrutiny than ever, which brings up the question:
Should Milford High replace its Indian mascot?
Those in favor of keeping the mascot name and symbol will say that the "Milford Indian" name reflects the early history of our city when 375 years ago the chief of the Paugussett Indian tribe, Ansantawae, granted a piece of land along the Wepawaug River to the first English settlers in 1639.
Those in favor of changing the name point to movements across the country for sports ownership to change the names of such teams as the Cleveland Indians (baseball), Atlanta Braves (baseball), Kansas City Chiefs (football) and Chicago Blackhawks (hockey), saying that such "stereotypes" are both insulting and inaccurate.
The propriety of using Native American names and images in sports has been a topic of public controversy in the United States and Canada since the 1960s. Numerous civil rights, religious, educational, athletic, and academic organizations consider the use of native names or symbols by non-native teams to be a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping which should be eliminated; however surveys of public opinion indicate that the majority of people in the United States support retaining the names and images in current use.
What do you think?
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HISTORY OF MHS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
While MHS class of 1933 was planning its 50th reunion, Committee Chairman Jim Rose learned of the city's plan to close Milford High School due to declining enrollment. At Jim's suggestion, the committee decided to make their celebration a reunion to be enjoyed by all previous MHS graduates. Invitations were sent to more than 10,000 people.
When the June 1983 ALL CLASS REUNION proved to be a social and financial success, its committee was faced with the dilemma of an overwhelming amount of net proceeds. After careful consideration, these funds became seed money for establishment of a Milford High School Memorial Scholarship.
A TRADITION WAS BORN!
Geneva Pike Anderson Cole "30", Paul Austin "53", Angeline Arciulo West "39", Antoinette Arciulo Mattioli "37", Joseph Dudding '57", George Field "34", Miriam Baltim Novenstein "47", Win Smith "54", Judy Baltim Rosa "61", Frank Matthews "61", and Jim Rose "33" served on the original Scholarship Committee.
In 1989 original SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES were amended and a MHS MUSEUM COMMITTEE was created. Members of the Scholarship Committee periodically elect new members to fill vacancies and all current members continue to also serve on the Museum Committee. It purchased and installed trophy cases at the Parsons Complex thereby establishing a fitting home for MHS MEMORABILIA in the hallway at inside gym entrance. MHS "53" donated a plaque to commemorate scholarship recipients, with names of the winners are inscribed each year. This plaque is permanently displayed in the MHS Museum.
In 1997 a vote of the sitting committee resulted in changing the name of the fund to THE JIM ROSE MHS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD.
In 2005 a guideline revision was made to waive a provision that a scholarship recipient have a relative who graduated from Milford High School. This became necessary as a result of a dwindling number of otherwise eligible students who could not meet such a requirement.
Since the initial ALL CLASS REUNION in 1983, subsequent reunions have been held in 1993 (Chair Jim Rose "33"), 2003 (Chair Bob Gregory "55"), and 2008 (Chair Bob Gregory "55"). These social and financial successes have continued to embellish fund receipts. However, we are faced with the fact that the number of MHS grads is dwindling and we look for ideas to perpetuate the spirit of MILFORD HIGH SCHOOL that will guarantee continuation of the JIM ROSE MHS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD.
Jim Rose "33" as King of the 2008 MHS ALL CLASS REUNION
Carolyn Fenn "24" as Queen of the 2003 MHS ALL CLASS REUNION
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS RE PERPETUATING THE SPIRIT OF MHS AND ITS JIM ROSE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
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PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
1984 Holly Moldenhauer (MHS) Kellie Harcherik (MHS)
1985 Debbie Dayo (JFHS) Ross Levi (JLHS)
1986 Daniel Yerxa (JFHS) Karen Mason (JLHS)
1987 Kathleen Casey (JFHS) Kevin Phillips (JLHS)
1988 Betty Bain (JFHS) Jane Cronin (JLHS)
1989 John Pasquerello (JFHS) Janis Symanski (JLHS)
1990 Marie Lockwood (JFHS) David Marcovics (JLHS)
1991 Jennifer Rizzo (JFHS) Robert Richards (JLHS)
1992 Carl Ganza (JFHS) Mark Ponarski (JLHS)
1993 Allison Lee Novres (JFHS) James A. Le Clair (JLHS)
1994 Joshua Clark (JFHS) Kery Rainey (JLHS)
1995 NO AWARDS GIVEN (due to decreased investment earnings
1996 Carl Sciortino (JFHS) Amanda Shinn (JLHS)
1997 Timothy Enright (JFHS) Jenniver Cornwall (JLHS)
1998 Jennifer Bottacari (JFHS) Christina Raineey (JLHS)
1999 Aedan Weinstein (JFHS) Elizabeth Kohler (JLHS)
2000 Casandra Dunn (JFHS) Kelly Ryan (JLHS)
2001 Chris Morse (JFHS) Erin Reilly (JLHS)
2002 Joan Fedor (JFHS) Jennifer O'Neill (JLHS)
2003 Katherine Oakes (JFHS) Crystal Lee Rose (JLHS)
2004 Amanda Pina (JFHS) Emily Sopchak (JLHS)
2005 Stacy Kohan (JFHS) Breanna Hart (JLHS)
2006 Dana Bogan (JFHS) Caroline Hart (JLHS)
2007 Joe Marie Kasenek (JFHS) Keith Dessureau (JLHS)
2009 Brianna Wilcox (JFHS) Sophgap Nok (JLHS)
2008 Kinal Patel (JFHS) Evan Hart (JLHS)
Katelyn Hope (JLHS)
2010 Agata Wozniak (JFHS) Samantha Edwards (JLHS)
2011 Trevor DeEll (JFHS) Rebecca Giden (JLHS)
2012 Hannah Denicki (Foran) Alevis Christy (Law)