Mandee Jackson is having a pretty good year.
The Nikiski sixth-grader has had a run of good fortune recently that's seen her win the school and borough-wide forensics competitions, a $100 essay contest and the Peninsula Oilers' Name-the-Mascot contest. In addition, she also helped her mom, Suzanne, find the KSRM Easter egg in April.
"A lot of people have said I've been pretty lucky," Mandee said Thu-rsday.
For her help in naming the mascot, Mandee was honored by Oilers officials during Nikiski Elementary's year-end awards assembly. On hand for the special ceremony was none other than the mascot itself, the newly christened "Scoop," who danced around the gymnasium -- much to the delight of Jackson's classmates, who cheered and laughed at the mascot's zany antics.
With the big, red, fuzzy Scoop clowning around in the background, Oilers Assistant General Manager Bill Schin-dler presented Jackson with an array of Oilers gear, including a new jacket, T-shirt, pennants, Oilers season tickets and other assorted team paraphernalia
"Scoop is now the official name," Schindler said, handing Mandee an oversized bag of Oilers goodies.
Mandee Jackson won an Oilers jacket and a pair of season tickets among other prizes.
Photo by M. SCOTT MOON
Schindler said Mandee submitted one of hundreds of entries in the baseball team's contest. After Oilers officials narrowed the list down to a few selections, Mandee's submission was drawn out of a hat for the final choice.
After the ceremony, Mandee -- decked out in her new jacket -- said she simply wanted to pick a "cute" name that reminded her of her favorite cartoon character.
"Scooby Doo is my favorite character," she said. "I thought that Scoop would be cool because it is similar."
She said she was surprised to hear the announcement on the radio that she'd actually won the contest. And although she said she was pretty tickled to learn she'd won, her mom was even more excited.
"We were driving to school one day and just heard it on the radio," she said. "My mom went crazy."
Although she's only been to one Oilers game in her life, Mandee said she's planning on attending more now that she's got two box seat tickets to every Oilers home game all season long.
"Oh yeah," she said.
With Mandee's abundance of good luck, the Peninsula Oilers certainly will be happy to see her.
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