New mascots get 2-year scholarships to Kilgore College

Ranger Hannah and Ace the Ranger were introduced to the campus Wednesday
Ranger Hannah and Ace the Ranger were introduced to the campus Wednesday
Published: Aug. 31, 2022 at 2:52 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2022 at 8:39 PM CDT
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KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) - They are said to bring good luck, so pretty much every team has them: mascots. And Kilgore College hopes to double their sporting luck with two new mascots being introduced today for the first time.

Hannah Bonds, Jason Rutherford, mascot manager, and Deaceon “Ace” Jones stand together on a small stage at Kilgore College to introduce themselves. Or rather a persona of themselves. Hannah and Deaceon are the new Kilgore College Mascots: Ranger Hannah and Ace the Ranger.

“The school had a mascot before. Obviously, it was a costumed mascot, Rowdy that they had going, and we wanted to have something that was a little more distinct for us,” Rutherford said.

Hannah is a freshman and has had a little experience with mascoting.

“I’ve been awarded NCA Best Mascot, NCA Most Creative Mascot, Most Improved Mascot, and All-American Nominee my eighth-grade year. And in high school tried out for All-American and made it all four years,” Hannah said.

Deaceon, didn’t have high school mascot experience, but he was an actor and had the right stuff.

“I had one of my high school counselors contact me like the week after I school ended and told me that Kilgore was having openings for mascots and that I should go try out. So, I came up here, had an interview process. Couple days later got a call saying that I was going to be one of the mascots,” Deaceon said.

Jason says they wanted:

“Smiles, positivity. Kind of really the outgoing personality that we wanted, and they portrayed all of that,” Jason said.

The college will have them do a lot more than sidelines. They will make appearances at other events in the area.

“We sat down in the beginning when I did my interviews and told them we’re going to expect a lot in return,” Jason said.

In return for what, you may ask? Well, Hannah and Deaceon were given full two-year scholarships for their mascoting abilities. If that doesn’t bring a smile to their faces, I don’t know what will.

If you see them, don’t be afraid to ask for a Ranger selfie with them.

Jason says they interviewed about thirty prospects and picked Hannah and Deaceon. He says to expect to see some choreography and even appearances on Youtube.