by Nate Usich ’13
Widely considered an odd mascot, the winged beaver is seen around much of the Avon campus. He, and it is almost undoubtedly a he, lies proudly on the school seal. He stands erect above the headmasters house. He appears at all the football games. He is portrayed as a fierce creature on the varsity hockey jerseys. He is a clear symbol of AOF. But what exactly does this legendary creature symbolize? How did such an idea come about? This reporter met with Mr. Custer to find out the answers.
It all began in the mind of our founder, Theadate Pope Riddle. The beaver, indigenous to this area, was a clear choice to represent the school she imagined. It was determined, motivated, and persevered (hence the preserviando in the school motto). But she obviously felt something was missing. So with the possible inspiration from eagle dormitory, and the less appealing but still prevalent pelican dormitory, she added on the necessary wings onto the beaver. The wings of the eagle (or pelican) symbolized the aspiration of ones self to soar. This is where the Aspirando comes from. So why choose those two creatures and put them together to create the most feared creature in history?