Fayette, Iowa (April 2, 2009) -There is a phenomenon that has been repeated on occasion over the years at Upper Iowa University and it has happened once again: a "true" Peacock has enrolled on campus.
By tradition, students at any school that has a mascot carry that name; hence, UIU students are known as Peacocks. Hannah Peacock, on the other hand, comes by the name naturally and has been a Peacock her whole life.
A native Iowan, Peacock grew up on a farm near Coggon and is majoring in mathematics. She attended North Linn High School and was active in drama, speech, track, FCCLA, and FFA, and outside of school participated in 4-H, archery, and horses.
Peacock says her love for the outdoors is actually what attracted her to UIU's Fayette campus, but says she was already familiar with the surrounding rural setting because "my family did quite a bit of camping and trail riding in the Volga Park area." Peacock's family raises Spanish mustangs and has belonged to the Hitaga Archery Club since she was five years old.
Due to her exceptional math skills, Peacock works at UIU's tutor center assisting her peers with elementary statistics, college algebra, and pre-calculus. "I've always excelled in mathematics, so I love working in the tutor center," she said. "I not only get to meet lots of new people but also get to help them succeed in subjects they find difficult." It helps that Peacock has a photographic memory, too, saying "I can read something once and remember it."
A few general Peacock facts: The surname Peacock is of English origin and has a variety of spellings. The first immigrants named Peacock landed in North America in the early 1600's. Regarding Peacock college mascots, there are only two that uphold the peacock - St. Peter's in Jersey City and Upper Iowa in Fayette.
As Hannah Peacock continues her education at Upper Iowa next year, the phrase "Peacock Proud" will continue to have double meaning!
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