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Friday July 31st, 2015 5:29AM

Is the GHS Red Elephant the country's best high school mascot?

By Staff
GAINESVILLE - USA TODAY High School Sports (HSS) is letting people across the country choose the nation's best high school sports mascot, from A (the Auks in Delaware) to Z (the Zizzers in Missouri). And, the Gainesville High Red Elephant is in the running.

The online contest began Monday and concludes at 3:00 p.m. March 25.

The USA TODAY HSS staff has chosen 255 of the nation's "unique" high school mascots - five per state (and Washington D.C.) - with voting in the first round continuing through March 5. Fifty-one schools (one per state and DC) will advance to the second round, where they will be divided among six regions. The regional round will begin March 6 and end March 14.

The six regional winners then will compete from March 15-25 for the chance to be named the best high school sports mascot in the country.

The national winner will receive $2,000 for its athletic department. Second place will be awarded $1,000, third ($500), fourth ($250) and fifth ($100).

Another school in the Gainesville area, Jefferson (the Dragons), is also in the running. Other Georgia schools in the competition are Clarkston (Angoras), Johnson/Savannah (Atom Smashers), and Warner Robins (Demons). They are all competing to represent Georgia in the second round of the contest.

To vote, click on the link below.
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