Anjali Verma ‘20
Last spring, The Warrior Club ran a contest to create a new slogan replacing the long-standing “Warrior Nation.” The new slogan was set to be announced at the first football game of the 2019-2020 school year. After receiving more than 200 entries, The Warrior Club instead decided to keep the old logo and simply refresh the look of the shirts with new artwork and design.
“While there was very little backlash about changing the slogan . . . we did not feel that any of the entries stood out as a good replacement,” responded The Warrior Club in a statement regarding the new slogan. The club decided to take an alternative route, choosing a secondary slogan to feature on two new clothing pieces. The slogan chosen was “Follow the Arrow,” which was submitted by Class of 2019 graduate Shannon Johnson.
“We feel ‘Follow the Arrow’ accurately represents the positive direction and unified spirit of our Sherwood community; we are leaders in the classroom, leaders in our community and leaders on the athletic field,” according to the statement by The Warrior Club. “‘Follow the Arrow’ reminds us to keep to the standards set by the county’s core values and our very own “One Sherwood” initiative. Everyone should “Follow the Arrow!”
|Fri, Sep 27, 2:06 PM (3 days ago)|
While there was very little backlash about changing the slogan which is evidenced by the over 200 legitimate entries, and only 3 complaints, we did not feel that any of the entries really stood out as a good replacement. We eliminated anything that was a copy of an existing slogan for example “Fear the Spear” is a copy of “Fear the Turtle.” We also eliminated anything that was too negative, entries that had words like Fight, Crush, War, Conquer etc. For the most part the entries were supportive, unifying and uplifting but the committee felt not one entry truly stood on its own to fully replace the “Warrior Nation” so we looked for slogans that can be used as a secondary slogan. Overall, we had many many very good entries and we are going to keep the list and probably use other secondary slogans for different reasons at different times, but for now “Warrior Nation” lives on with a brand new look.
BTW – many people believed we were replacing “Warrior Nation” because they thought our mascot/slogan represented American Indian people however this is not true, the Sherwood mascot is an Archer representing Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest. The arrow on the Football helmet does not represent the American Indian but Robin Hood and his arrow. Our school was originally a private school called Sherwood Academy (1883) that was built on Sherwood Farm – named because of the many trees on the property reminded the owner of Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest.** We are Warriors of and for all people, representing courage, generosity and justice *. This is the reason we chose “Follow the Arrow” as our secondary slogan.