Pendleton - It all started when Aaron Porter was young. He was always fascinated by the costumed characters at Walt Disney World. Many years later, he found himself as the Pendleton Heights High School Arabian mascot, a character he has played for four years. Porter is one of the most consistent mascots Pendleton Heights has ever had, appearing at football and basketball games as well as making appearances at other sports throughout the year.
“I loved that interaction (with the Disney characters), and since the fifth grade, I’ve wanted to do it,” Porter said.
“Aaron came to me his freshman year and asked if we needed a mascot. I could tell by his enthusiasm that he would be a great addition to our cheer program,” cheer coach Brenda Jamerson said.
“Since they hadn’t had a steady mascot, when a big game would come up, I think they just had a cheerleader do it,” Porter said. “When I called, thinking I would have to try out, she (Jamerson) was more than enthused. I just don’t think there was someone who had wanted to do all season.”