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Cutters Vie for Title of Nation's Best High School Mascot

USA Today has selected Fair Lawn High School as one of five New Jersey schools in consideration for the nation's best high school mascot.

Named for a half-dozen football players who ditched class to catch a movie in Paterson some 70 years ago, the Cutters of Fair Lawn High School possess one of the more unique nicknames of any school in the state, according to USA Today.

The Cutters are one of 255 schools across the country -- five from each state and the District of Columbia -- up for the title of "Best High School Mascot" in a USA Today contest that began Monday.

The state round of the contest, which pits Fair Lawn against the Phillipsburg Stateliners, Point Pleasant Beach Garnet Gulls, Red Bank Catholic Caseys and Trenton Catholic Iron Mikes, runs until March 5 at 3 p.m.

Anyone at least 13 years of age is eligible to vote as many times they like (full disclosure: I've voted four times while writing up this article).

The 51 state round winners will advance to the second round, where they'll be divided into six regions and put up for another public vote from March 6 to March 14.  The six battle-tested regional winners will compete in the final round from March 15 until March 25 for the chance to be crowned the nation's best high school mascot.

The top five national finishers receive up to $2,000 in prize money for their respective athletic departments. 

As of noon Tuesday, Fair Lawn was running second among the five New Jersey competitors, but had garnered less than 2 percent of the vote. A strong early push by Point Pleasant Beach has them way ahead of the pack with more than 94 percent of the nearly 3,000 votes cast so far.

It's still early though, so I'm convinced we can catch them.

Click here to cast your vote for the Cutters.

For those interested, click here to read the full story of how the Cutters got their name from Fair Lawn sports historian and football announcer, Dick Englehardt.

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Tina Walts February 28, 2013 at 05:17 AM
A vote for FLHSMascot!
Ruth Picinich February 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM
I am voting for FLHS Mascot!!!!!!!!!
Tina Walts March 01, 2013 at 04:03 PM
We can vote as many times as we want, right? Here's another vote for FLHS-GO Cutters!
Peter Loffman March 02, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Over 20,000 votes already!!
Glen Van Olden March 02, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Research of News-clippings (Paterson Morning Call & Evening News) in the Paterson Library clearly indicates that this October 1st would be the 70th anniversary of the famous sneak "cut" trip to the Rivoli Theater eventually leading to the Cutters namesake in 1944 after a student body vote. I cross referenced my dad's memory (brother of Jack Van Olden) of the rainy day in early October, the news clippings, the movies playing and their times and I contacted a meteorologist to give me the weather conditions for October & November 1943. The only day that matches all parameters (weather, football schedules & results, news items, and dad’s, Jack's & Butch Krause’s memory) is October 1st, 1943 The Movies, starting at 12:40 p.m. at the Rivoli Theater were Holy Matrimony & The 7th Victim. And history was made!
Janis Lippman March 03, 2013 at 10:15 PM
FLHS has it hands down
Greg Muller March 06, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Cutter Nation Unite! We're heading to next round!

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