McNick updates Rocket Shop, spirit wear for new logo

Because of the recent change in the McNicholas logo, the spirit wear and Rocket Shop have been updated to fit the new logo and colors.

The upgraded McNicholas Rocket Shop plans to open every Thursday from approximately 2:30 to 7:30, as well as during home basketball games. However, unlike previous years, spirit wear can now also be bought online.  To visit the site, click here.

This online shop was organized by Rocket Shop coordinator Marilyn Melcher and PTSA president Nikki Waterman.

“We kind of wanted to update it and bring it into the new century of having an online shop, especially with COVID,” Waterman said.  “Having the ability to order online has been really important.”

The site is run by U Sports, a company local to McNicholas that provides the spirit wear.

“It’s been a great partnership,” Waterman said.  “It frees up the PTSA from having to carry so much inventory in the Rocket Shop.”  With U Sports, customers have the ability to customize their orders. 

“The items can be really personalized, which is something that we definitely could not do just as a PTSA run by volunteers,” Waterman added.

In a recent Milestone poll, students were split between their preference for the new or the old logo.

“I like the new logo but I like the old shade of green,” sophomore Carly Weidenbacher said.  “The black and grey that we have now really make the new logo look sharp so I guess I could say I like the new spirit wear.”

“The new spirit wear looks simple and nice,” freshman Quinn Galocy said.

Waterman hopes that eventually the students would help the PTSA decide what colors, patterns, and designs to include in the spirit wear.

“Our ultimate goal was to involve some of the kids,” Waterman said.  “Unfortunately, with Covid, that wasn’t possible, but it’s definitely something that we are interested in, and we hope to put it in place at some point.”

The goal of the new spirit wear was to modernize McNicholas and build public display for the new logo.  “Our new Rocket Shop brings a new and refreshing look to our school.  It also has more variety, not just bland cotton clothing,” senior Caden Conrad said.

Uniforms with the new logo will not be required to be worn until 2022.  Incoming freshman will be the first class required to wear the new uniform.

People who buy spirit wear from the online Rocket Shop may choose whether they would like to pick up their order at U Sports or have it shipped directly to their house.  While some students have encountered a delay in the shipping process, most have had their spirit wear delivered on time.  “I think it’s a great idea.  It gives an opportunity for the school to make money and for a more wide variety of things for people to get,” sophomore Matt Mitchell said.

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