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PRICE — Students at a Utah high school may soon be able to call their mascot the very best in the country.
USA Today's High School Sports' Most Unique Mascot contest has been running for three weeks and received 31 million online votes thus far. The Carbon High School Dinos swept the state competition to advance to the regional round.
So far, the Dinos are leading the pack in their region, but students aren't getting complacent just yet. They planned to sacrifice sleep in order to secure a spot in the final round.
We've got some tough competition. People are voting like crazy, so we're staying until midnight to vote and vote for the Dinos.
–Jake Carpenter, Carbon High School student body president
"We've got some tough competition. People are voting like crazy, so we're staying until midnight to vote and vote for the Dinos," said Carbon High student body president Jake Carpenter. "They let you vote over and over again, no matter how many times, so we're just going to vote all night. It's going to be awesome."
The Dinos are up against mascots like the Maniacs, Tarantulas and Aardvarks — competition they said doesn't scare them.
"We're not aardvarks. We eat aardvarks for dinner and lunch," said Phill Raich, junior class historian.
Voting for the regional round ends Wednesday at 1 p.m. MT. Winners of each of the six regions will advance to the national round, which kicks off at 9 a.m. on Thursday and runs through next Wednesday.
The winner of the national contest will receive $2,000 for its athletic department. To vote for the Dinos, CLICK HERE.
Contributing: Geoff Liesik