Quassy announced back in early that it would be adding a brand new family wooden coaster for the 2011, partly to replace the departing Wild Mouse coaster. After the announcement was made, Quassy challenged local elementary and middle schools to submit potential names for the new coaster. After all submissions were considered, the park deliberated on the name possibilities, narrowed down the choices and finally came to a consensus. The new wooden coaster will be called the “Wooden Warrior.”
Quassy Amusement Park President, Eric Anderson, said “We asked our team to pick their top three selections from the list…The ‘Wooden Warrior’ collected five votes, three of which were indicated as the first choice.” The team deciding on the name was given a list of over 90 submissions from the schools, and slowly narrowed the choices down from there. On the ballot, only the different names were listed, with all school names being omitted to avoid any potential bias.
Oddly enough, the name Wooden Warrior was not a single, unique submission, but was actually submitted by two classes from different schools, and therefore both classes are winners. The two winning classes are Mrs. Barbara Minutillo’s fourth grade class, Middlebury Elementary School; and Miss Lauren Zafrin’s fifth grade class, R.M.T. Johnson Elementary School. Both classes used a very democratic process to narrow down the names, starting with 20-25 names on the board and having students narrow down the choices and vote on the submission.
As the winners, the two classes will be invited to the park to ride the new coaster when it opens next year, and will also be visited by Quassy officials to hold a ceremony honoring the students. Progress is already being made on the coaster, with footings in and structure now going up. The coaster, designed by Gravity Group, will be approximately 35 feet high, 1,250 feet long, and will feature the companies all-new Timberliner trains, provided by Gravitykraft Corp, sister company of Gravity Group.