With the largest vote total of any school in the USA Today regional competition for the Most Unique Mascot in the nation, the Centralia Orphans now head to the National Finals, where they will face five other regional champs.
Voting in the national contest starts at 10 a.m. CT, Thursday, March 21, until 2 p.m. CT, Wednesday, March 27. The rules are still the same, with votes being taken at contest.usatodayhss.com or mightyorphans.com. Make sure you enter the “captcha” code for each vote you submit and submit as many votes as you would like.
With almost 5.5 million votes, the Orphans beat out Second Place regional opponent the Winona Winhawks of Minnesota by more than 1.3 million votes, a difference that is greater than all the votes gathered by Region 2 champs the Key Obezags from Annapolis, Md.
The second highest regional vote getter was the Chinook Sugarbeeters of Chinook, Mt., who brought in nearly 2.8 million votes, followed by the Carbon Dinos of Price, Utah, with just over 1.7 million votes.
The other teams the Orphans will face in the National Finals are the Kingswood Oxford Wyverns of West Hartford, Ct., who received nearly 1.6 million votes; the St. Mary’s Episcopal School Turkeys from Memphis, Tenn., with more than 1.3 million; and the Key Obezags from Annapolis, Md., with less than 645,000 votes.
In addition to receiving the title of Most Unique Mascot, 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.