Eagle nickname flies at Wake Tech
Posted April 29, 2008 11:19 a.m. EDT
Updated April 29, 2008 11:33 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Wake Technical Community College athletic teams will be known as the Eagles, officials announced Tuesday.
The selection of a college nickname came after more than 1,700 votes were cast online in a weeklong election that ended last Friday.
Eagles was one of six nicknames competing in the final vote after students and faculty submitted almost 500 suggestions in recent weeks. The other finalists were Wildcats, Warriors, Wings, Sparks and Ventures.
Wake Tech's Student Government Association adopted the eagle as the school's mascot several years ago, but college officials wanted to ensure everyone on campus had a say in choosing the athletic teams' nickname.
The athletics program begins this fall with men's soccer, women's volleyball and men's and women's golf. Basketball will be added in the 2009-10 school year, followed by baseball and softball a year later.