Ace the Aviator to serve as parade Grand Marshal

Arkansas State University-Newport mascot Ace the Aviator, will be the grand marshal of Newport’s Christmas Parade on December 10.

The Newport Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to feature ASU-Newport’s mascot, Ace the Aviator, as the Grand Marshal for the 2020 Newport Christmas Parade.

His selection as grand marshal was made through the efforts of the ASU-Newport administration during the annual Newport Area Chamber of Commerce banquet and fundraising auction.

The Newport Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 10. Social distancing and masks will be required.

An Arkansas native, Ace touched down in Newport in 2018 where he has helped ASU-Newport to reach high altitudes of engagement with students. Ace recently sat down for a one-on-one interview where he shared some details about life as a mascot.

Q: What do you like most about working at ASUN?

Ace: Meeting our students and getting to be a part of their stories. They are from all over the state, from every walk of like, and most of them are just getting started on their careers. Getting to know them is kind of like watching a plane take off – they start out here, on the ground, preparing for the big adventure. We’re here to show them the runway and provide the fuel, but ultimately, they have to get behind the controls, spread their wings, and soar to their dreams. Watching them succeed is absolutely my favorite part of the job.

Q: What are your hobbies?

Ace: I’ve taught myself to sew – it’s a really useful hobby because finding giant blue gloves with only four fingers is impossible!

Q: What are your strengths?

Ace: I am an excellent communicator ... with body language, of course.

Q: What are your weaknesses?

Ace: Forgetting to take my phone off of airplane mode. I have also been accused of being rather flighty.

Q: What advice would you give to students?

Ace: Time flies, so jump right into that pilot’s seat. While you may experience some turbulence along the way, don’t let that prevent you from reaching your final destination. The sky is not the limit – it’s just the starting point!

Q: If you weren’t ASUN’s mascot, what would you be doing?

Ace: I was literally born to do this job. I can’t imagine landing anywhere but here.

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