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The Bobcats will be prowling Ralph Bell this school year

Artist Kelsey Jules and graphic designer Cory Edwards created the logo for the soon-to-be reopened Valleyview school
Ralph Bell Bobcats logo
The Kamloops-Thompson school district was initially deciding between Ravens and Bobcats for Ralph Bell’s nickname before choosing the latter after feedback from parents.

The Kamloops-Thompson school district has unveiled a new logo for Ralph Bell elementary sports teams, which will play under the name of the Ralph Bell Bobcats.

Local artist Kelsey Jules, who works for the school district in Aboriginal education at A.E. Perry elementary, created the logo with the help of a district graphic designer.

Jules told KTW that district staff recommended her, knowing she had previously worked on logos and other artwork.

"I thought it was pretty cool because they wanted a local animal, which, for me, is pretty important as a Secwépemc artist who lives locally," Jules said.

The elementary school in Valleyview will reopen in the fall for the first time since 2010, when it was closed as the district agglomerated students into fewer schools.

Recent enrolment pressures, which are occurring in many Kamloops neighbourhoods, prompted the district to reopen the school.

The colours used in the design were chosen by the district and harken back to Ralph Bell elementary's previous colours. The rest is the work of Jules and SD73 graphic designer Cory Edwards, who Jules was keen to thank for his help digitizing the design.

"I do pen and paper, or pencil and paper artwork. I don't really do anything graphically," Jules said.

Jules said the district was initially deciding between Ravens and Bobcats for Ralph Bell’s nickname before choosing the latter after feedback from parents. She said the animal choice was important.

"Being an Indigenous artist, I want to make sure that some of the symbolism behind it is true to the territory that I live in," Jules said.

The artist said she is excited to see the work around the school and appearing on items like T-shirts and hats.

"I think that’s going to be really exciting, especially for younger people who want to go into art or pursue it. I think it's really cool that I can be a role model to them. If I can do it, they can do it," she said.