You’ve probably seen Chloe Willis at games or pep rallies, but you wouldn’t recognize her.
Willis is a rising senior at Lake Highlands High School, but she has a job that very few students can say they have held. She is the school’s mascot and she has been for nearly five years.
“In fifth grade, I always told myself I’m going to be the mascot when I got older,” Willis says, so she tried out for the position at the end of seventh grade.
After serving as the mascot her eighth-grade year at Lake Highlands Junior High, she was preparing to enter high school. However, at the time, LHHS did not have freshman mascots.
This didn’t stop Willis. She started a petition for there to be a freshman mascot, and after getting signatures, her wish was granted.
She said being the mascot is a form of self-expression despite the costume.
Willis also she received the UCA All America Mascot Award and the UCA Varsity Leadership Award, “Inspiring Leadership On And Off the Field.”
“One thing I personally love doing is making people happy, and I see that so much.”