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School From page 1 Avalon School had was an AHS Letter. It was not until" 1938 that the student body decided it was time to search for the perfect school symbol. The students felt they needed a symbol to iden- tify with and so the search began. Members of the graduating class were tasked with coming up with a design that best symbolized the students and gave an identity to the new school," Gonzalez said. "They decided that a king's solider in armor had always been symbolic of valor, strength, endur- ance, courage and victory-qualities the students and faculty valued. 8800613-7770 Avalon School's students assemble in the school Students did some research in the school library and in an illustrated copy of 'King Arthur' they found gym to celebrate nine decades of education. an illustration of the illustrious Sir Lancelot. Students borrowed some details, including the lance, and improved the design to show action and vigor. Then they met to decide what tO call it. "They thought of knight but felt it had no distinction. Since Sir Lancelot had inspired them and the lance was a weapon meriting considerable respect, they knew that the Lancer was a winner. And it was. And it has been. "They started using the Lancer Photo by Carlos Martinez name as soon as the design was approved by the school. On May 17, 1938, the first lancer flag was presented to Avalon School. The entire student body assembled (much like today) for the presen- tation. Everyone had special pride that day in their first tangible symbol which culminated in a wonderful year or great student spirit and enthusiasm. "I want to leave you with the following thought which I am bor- rowing from that year's student dedication. Today's ceremony is dedicated to you: To you without whom the very name of Avalon school could have no significance, to you who give life to our school. For you Avalon was founded, to you also she was dedicated, and only with you can she flourish. My hope for you is that the Lancer Legacy of valor, strength, endur- ance, courage and victory live on in all of you for the next 90 years of your life-long live the Avalon Lancers !" Harbor activity report November High winds and a humpback whale pod highlight the month BY BRIAN BRAY Avalon continued to enjoy great weather in November, but experi- enced seven days of Small Craft Advisories due to high winds. The first two weekends of not]t/] were very energetic. The ..... xnnual Catalina Island Triathlon vas on the first Saturday and the Eco Marathon was on the sec- ond Saturday. The Harbor Patrol , posted some photos of the swim- ming portion of the Triathlon on its Facebook page. The Eco Marathon event also included a half marathon, 10k and kids run; something for runners of every age and ability. On Nov. 15, a 42-foot power- boat hit the rocks on the small beach between Hamilton Cove and Frog Rock at about 6 a.m. There were five people on board--two men, two women and an infant. Fortunately, no one was injured. On Nov. 22, a pod of humpback whales passed by the entrance to the harbor. One of them paused for about 20 minutes and slapped its tail repeatedly. According to Wikipedia, this "is a means of for- aging. The hypothesis is that the loud noise causes fish to become frightened, thus tightening their school together, making it easi- er for the humpback to feed on them." There was a lot of bait in the harbor that week. Thanksgiving weekend was quite busy, predominantly due to Harbor Activity, Page 15 Ilstate You're in 8 i Friday, December 19, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER