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And the winner is …


Northern Virginia Community College’s mascot has a name.

“I’m excited to announce that our NOVA Nighthawk will be known as Ace,” said President Scott Ralls. “Ace evokes many positive meanings, such as a person who excels or the highest score on an exam, and we believe the name fits our mascot perfectly.”

A few weeks ago, everyone in the region was invited to rate their favorite names on a scale of one to five. Suggested names included Midnight, Maverick, Lightning and Major. Write-ins were also allowed.

More than 4,400 people voted and, when the responses were tallied, Ace came out on top. The next step is to create a mascot suit so Ace can attend athletic games and other events.

NOVA’s Nighthawk mascot was created to generate college spirit, engage the community, and encompass NOVA’s diverse student body and academic programs.


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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.