The Human thinks she must be rubbing off on her students. No, it's not that they've developed a taste for the 19th-century American novel (More's the pity. --Ed.). It's their choice of class mascot that's taken a turn for the better.
One of the tasks of each sophomore class is to sew a banner of their class mascot, in this case, the Panther. (And really, could there be a better animal?) Their banner is hung on Class Day at the end of sophomore year and remains on display in the auditorium till a year after their graduation.
Although it's a bit difficult to tell from this photo, the banner is about six feet long and made of silver satin. The Human and I are particularly fond of the obviously-clawed "2014" and the mighty claw swipe across the top.
Disclaimer: The Human had nuffing to do* with the sewing or design of this banner. A math teacher sewed the basic shape for them, and the kids designed and created the rest under the snoopervision of the science department chairperson. *She's lucky if she can sew a button on