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Being Leah the Lion

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Being Leah the Lion

Presley Pierce

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While football players are lacing up their cleats and cheerleaders are putting on makeup, sophomore Jozalyn Keys is putting on her paws to be Leah the Lion. Jozalyn has been Leah for a year and a half. 

“No one else was really going to do the job,” Jozalyn said. “There were a few different ones last year that wouldn’t stick so I stepped up. I feel like the kids really enjoy it, and it helps set the tone for crowd.”

As most of us know, the suit is miserably hot and smelly, but Jozalyn powers through for the fans.

“The heat is really hard to handle,” she said. “I’ve had my fair share of tough days in the suit due to it. Staying hydrated is what really helps and every so often I sneak off to take off the head so I can cool off,” Jozalyn said.

Despite all of the downsides of being in the suit, it has its perks.

“My first night as mascot we traveled to Corning for a football game,” she said. “I was walking out of the bathroom back to our side of the field when I tripped over this couple sitting on the ground. I jumped up and took my head off to apologize, explaining that it was my first time doing it. They just looked at me while I couldn’t stop laughing.”

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