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Pueblo school changes mascot from Panthers to Broncos

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Students gather for a school-wide assembly at Beulah Heights Elementary School where they were renamed as the "Beulah Heights Broncos." Students gather for a school-wide assembly at Beulah Heights Elementary School where they were renamed as the "Beulah Heights Broncos."
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Beulah Heights Elementary School is gearing up for Super Bowl 50 but first, they're making a quick and temporary name change with their mascot.

The principal thought, there's no way his school could have a mascot named the Panthers going into the Super Bowl. So he made a quick change for the school, beaming with Broncos spirit.

For a school made up of Panthers, they sure have a lot of Broncos pride.

"We realize that with our mascot being the Panthers, that put us in quite a predicament. We're not able to celebrate being Panthers while the Broncos are playing against the Panthers," Jonathan Dehn, Principal of Beulah Heights Elementary School said.

Students and staff realized the problem as soon as the NFC Championship ended.

"They brought it to my attention right away, they said, we have to do something about this," Dehn added.

The school's art teacher and die-hard Broncos fan, Julie Cain, went to the principal and said, "We're the Panthers! We can't be the Panthers when we're playing the Panthers!"

So Principal Dehn took things into his own hands.

"We're going to change our mascot so that we can root for the Beulah Heights Broncos since we're not able to root for the Beulah Heights Panthers at this time," Dehn said.

Changing the school colors from black and white to blue and orange.

"I think it's amazing that we have the honor to get renamed after the best football team. That's right, I said it, the best football team ever created!" Jenny Dwight, a 5th grade student at Beulah Heights said.

That Broncos spirit, bringing the entire school together.

"It's really fun because these are the things kids are going to remember and we have to work hard on reading and writing and math and we do that everyday but the fact that they allow us to have some fun with some stuff once in awhile, I think it really makes the kids want to come to school and like I said, those are the things kids are going to remember," Cain said.

And they're hopeful for a big win, come Sunday.

"Then when we win, we can go back to being the Panthers because we won't care, we'll take pride in our school again as the Panthers," she said.

They plan on keeping this name change around through Super Bowl Sunday before becoming the Panthers again.

And don't worry, Beulah Heights had the entire school district's support with the temporary change.

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