The Phoenix Mascot of the
Elizabeth School of the Deaf
Written by Jodi Becker Kinner
In August 2022, at the request of associate superintendent Michelle Tanner of the Utah School for the Deaf, Amanda Tolle Wolfe, a Deaf Washington State native and employee of the school, designed a mascot for the Elizabeth DeLong School of the Deaf (EDS) housed on the USDB campus in Springville, Utah. According to Amanda, who enjoys designing logos as a hobby, the Elizabeth School for the Deaf always wanted a mascot and voted for Phoenix.
In Greek mythology, the Phoenix symbolizes immortality and rebirth, rising from its predecessor's ashes to give it new life. After consulting Michelle Tanner about the mascot style that would work best for the EDS, Amanda had two weeks to create the character. The result is the design you see in the picture above.
In September 2022, the Elizabeth DeLong School of the Deaf unveiled the Phoenix mascot. Both the staff and the students were ecstatic. The mascot's nickname is Phoebe. As shown in the photo, Amanda was invited to present herself as a mascot designer at the EDS campus two months later, in November (Amanda Tolle Wolfe, personal communication, January 23, 2024; USDB Friday Newsletter, September 2, 2022). From across the rainbow, Elizabeth DeLong, an early Deaf female leader of the Utah Deaf community and the inspiration for our school's name, is smiling down on us with its new mascot. We are grateful to Amanda for designing the mascot that the EDS is proud of.
Amanda Tolle Wolfe, personal communication, January 23, 2024.
"Amanda Wolfe Creates New Mascot." USDB Friday Newsletter, September 2, 2022.