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.