Sam Kanne (left) and Sam Nascak (right) read to Mrs. Glicks’ first-grade class during Herkymania.
On Tuesday, September 25, Winona Area Public Elementary Schools were filled with students waiting with excitement for the Herkymania event. During Herkymania, Winona Senior High School (WSHS) varsity football players, along with mascot Herky, visit elementary classes to stress the value of being a good student, teach the Winhawk school song, and read to the younger kids in their homerooms. Terrell Hall, senior at WSHS and wide receiver and defensive back on the Winhawks football team, said, “I love the energy during Herkymania and all the great questions students have asked me after my reading. Their imagination is inspiring and it is a great experience for everyone.”
John Cassellius started the Herkymania tradition in 2008, which takes place each year during Homecoming week. His mission is to connect upperclassmen with elementary students to create a bond and trust. During Herkymania, Cassellius talks to elementary students about listening and respecting their teachers and how important it is to try hard in school. “Students listen and look up to football players and I am hopeful all elementary students will continue to grow and become successful Winhawks. It is exciting to see their respect and positive connection with the players.”