Local schools vie for 'Connecticut' statue

By Matt Butner - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The competition is heating up between groups hoping to become 'Connecticut's' new home.

Today at The Diamond, representatives from three local high schools came out to survey the statue of the Native American on display at the Richmond ballpark. The new team, the Flying Squirrels, have no use for the sculpture that was in place when the Richmond Braves played at The Diamond.

Three staff members from Henrico high school came to The Diamond Friday morning to get a closer look at the prize they hope to bring back to the school.

"It would bring school spirit. Our kids would buy into this, they'd enjoy it -- our school could gain immensely from this," Tom Jeremiah, Director of Student Activities at Henrico High.

But the Warriors will be battling it out with two other schools -- the Chiefs of Monacan high in Chesterfield and the Indians of Powhatan.

Monancan dispatched senior class president Sterling Young to scout the location.

"It just so happens this is our school's 30th graduating class, and as Senior class President, we thought it would be a great gift to give to the school," Sterling Young, Monacan high student.

Students at Powhatan have started a Facebook group to rally support.

"We're the Powhatan Indians, and we take a lot of pride in that," Bob Carden, Powhatan High Principal. "We've had very successful athletics out there, a lot of student involvement -- it would be an absolute fitting place for it I think."

There are ten other groups interested in 'Connecticut' who didn't make it to Monday's optional viewing. Those who did were able to speak face to face with creator Paul DiPasquale about the challenge of transporting and maintaining his pride and joy.

"It's been protected here, so it hasn't done any harm, but it's built to go outside, and once it's outside, every five years it would like to have a wax job," DiPasquale.

Organizations interested in 'Connecticut' have until January 29 to submit a proposal to the Richmond Metropolitan Authority, outlining why the group deserves the sculpture.

They also have to explain how they would pay to transport the 2,400 pound statue.

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