Allen Middle School was established in 1968. The viking has represented this school within our community for the last forty-four years. It provides us with history and tradition. The mere notion that it needs to be changed due to its visual representation is completely ludicrous. Based on test scores, Allen Middle School has dropped and ranked 502 of 607 school scale in North Carolina. Math scores have been declining since 2009 and reading scores do not meet the state or district averages. The changing of the mascot will only further the prejudices of its student body and ultimately harm the progress of this school's achievements.