Brother, sister duo teams up as AHS mascots

Published 12:41 am Friday, August 26, 2016

An Andalusia High School brother-sister duo are making school history this football season.

Senior Branston Wallace and his little sister, Karley Belle Wallace, a freshman, are this year’s Andy and Andee, the Bulldog mascots.

0826-Andy,-Andee“This is the first time in the school’s history that the mascots are brother and sister,” she said.

Branston initially played football at the beginning of his high school career, but a few injuries caused him to have to make a tough choice: quit the sport he loved or pay for it heavily.

Branston said he was already being recruited by the cheer sponsor to be the mascot, but didn’t initially commit.

Finally, he decided to give it a shot.

“I went to our cheer sponsor and asked if anyone was trying out and she said, ‘no,’” he said. “She had been bugging me about it because I have the personality for it. I’m serious, but goofy. I enjoy it a lot, except for the heat.”

This year, Branston’s partner decided not to try out for mascot, and Karley Belle decided to try her hand at it.

“I tried out and got it,” she said.

And she’s been pretty successful. At UCA Varsity mascot camp in Destin, she auditioned for UCA All American Mascot and won the overall winner.

She will represent AHS, UCA and the National Cheerleaders Association by performing during the pre-game festivities at the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando in December.

The pair says they enjoy being Andee and Andy.

“You get to do what you’ve always wanted to be and no one looks at you weird,” Branston said.

“You get to be two different people at the same time,” Karley Belle said.

The brother-sister competition and rivalry helps them at pep-rallies, they said.

“At pep rallies, we feed off of each other we are always trying to do something cooler than the other,” Branston said.

Karley Belle agreed.

“We try to beat each other,” she said. “It’s typical brother-sister competition.”

In addition to being Andee, Karley Belle plays flute for A Sound Tradition during the halftime show.

That means she has to hurry and change out of Andee and put on her band uniform before taking the field.

“I’m starting this (tonight),” she said.

Branston works as part of the co-op program – at none other than the Andalusia Co-Op.

He plans attend LBWCC to pursue a degree as a registered nurse.

“I want to work in a trauma unit,” he said. “And then become a flight nurse.”

He said that’s always been something he’s wanted to do.

“I always see the good in everybody,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve done me wrong, if you need help, I’m going to help you. I’m just a big-hearted person.”

Those who want to see Andy and Andee in action, can attend the Andalusia versus Trinity game at 7 p.m., tonight at AHS.