All Carthaginians were invited to submit ideas for our new team name and mascot. We received more than 450 suggestions from students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni spanning 68 class years. Task force members and an expanded group of coaches, faculty, and staff evaluated every submission. Names that best met our agreed-upon criteria advanced to the next stage.
Review the 16 semifinalists below!
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- Many of our semifinalist team names were submitted by more than one person. Read a sampling of the rationale submitters shared
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And the semifinalists are …
Semifinalist: Lake Hawks
Hawks are swift and strategic hunters, intelligent and resilient survivors. Add “lake” to this Wisconsin predator and we have a team name unique to our lakeside location. Hawks reach incredible heights.
Let’s go, Lake Hawks!
In battle, the vanguard leads the charge. In ancient Carthage, elephants were the vanguard leading soldiers into battle. Elephants are known for being smart, kind, strong, and creative creatures — traits we see in every Carthaginian. At Carthage, we’re always leading the way.
Let’s go, Vanguard!
A fleet is a collection of ships that draws strength from unity. This name acknowledges ancient Carthage’s maritime prowess, celebrates our Great Lake, and conveys the Carthage spirit: We sail together, as one team, toward a shared goal.
All together now: Go, Fleet!
The Phoenicians were the founders of the ancient Carthage empire. Great mariners, they were the center of world trade. They were builders and innovators and warriors … defending their homeland from the Roman Empire for over a century. Drawing on that history, we cheer:
Let’s go, Phoenicians!
Former Carthage Trustee Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860 as “The Railsplitter” candidate, a nickname symbolizing hard work and growth. Carthage encourages these same ideals. This name honors Carthage’s connection to Honest Abe, as well as his — and our — Illinois roots.
Let’s go, Railsplitters!
Semifinalist: War Elephants
Smart, loyal, protective, compassionate. Courageous, strong-willed, and fierce in defense. Carthaginian general Hannibal used war elephants in one of the greatest military feats in history. This team name invokes courage and pride. We accomplish feats thought impossible.
Here we go, War Elephants!
Every day as Carthaginians, we awaken to a sea of possibilities. We bravely embark on new journeys, explore with purpose, and skillfully set our course. Let there be no doubt we get it done. Boldly. Courageously. Like the leaders we are.
Let’s go, Navs!
Semifinalist: Ice Wolves
Wolves are one of Wisconsin’s signature creatures. Traveling in packs, protecting each other, they are beautiful yet fierce animals in warm weather, frigid temperatures, rain, snow. At Carthage, we can weather any storm with strength, pride, and fierce spirit — together.
Let’s go, Ice Wolves!
Knowledge is power — in the classroom, on the court, on the field. At Carthage, the Torch of Knowledge has long adorned our logo and official Carthage seal. Every Carthaginian past and present makes our flame ever brighter. Plus, “Fire” just looks really good in red.
Go, Carthage Fire!
Quick lake lesson: Coho salmon were introduced to southeastern Wisconsin in the 1960s — just like Carthage. Both struggled and survived. Both remain success stories in local, state, and national affairs. Coho salmon are fast-growing, predatory fish that have made Great Lakes fishing famous the world over.
Here we go, Coho!
Semifinalist: Fighting Tide
Consider: An unstoppable force.
Picture: A collective energy.
Remember: Ancient Carthage, also at the edge of a great body of water. This team name connects our competitive spirit with our storied history.
Let’s go, Carthage Fighting Tide!
This mythical creature appears in legends of many cultures — a bird of fire, rare and difficult to possess. A powerful source of light. This team name would work well with our school colors and the flames already part of Carthage imagery and history.
Let’s go, Firebirds!
Our Great Lake is one of our greatest points of pride. It’s what made many of us fall in love with Carthage in the first place. Majestic and breathtaking. Powerful and unifying. This name draws on our campus’ most stunning and distinctive feature while exuding the strength we see in our students and teams.
Let’s go, Waves!
This name communicates traits central to the Carthage experience, both on the court and in the classroom: Strength. Grit. Tenacity. Endurance.
Bold, brave steps got us here. Let us boldly, bravely face any challenges ahead.
Let’s go, Courage!
surge. noun. A sudden, powerful upward or forward movement, rush, or sweep. This team name is about power in numbers, charging, united, toward victory and success. Like Lake Michigan’s waves — at times calm, at times roaring — we rise, unrelenting.
We gain strength, undeterred.
Here we go, Surge!
We’ve all watched storms rise over Lake Michigan — different in each season, changing in their impact. This strong team name radiates power, intensity, and awe.
Let’s go, Storm!
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