Archmere Academy’s penguin-like mascot, the Auk, is in the running to be named the most unique high school mascot in the country in a contest being run by USA Today High School Sports, and the Claymont school is looking for some help from its First State brothers and sisters.
Archmere, which won the state round, is currently fourth in its regional competition with seven other schools. The Auks have 14.47 percent of the vote, which resumes at 3 p.m. March 18 and continues through 3 p.m. March 20. The first round of voting took place March 6-14.
The winner of the six regional rounds will advance to the national competition, with voting running from March 21-27. The national winner will receive $2,000 for its athletic department, while second through fifth place earns a smaller award.
Anyone 13 and older can vote, and there is no limit on the number of times one person can cast a ballot. The current leader in Archmere’s region is the Key School in Annapolis, Md., whose teams are called the Obezags.
To vote, go to http://contest.usatodayhss.com/vote/mascot/r2.