The name "Voltron" only received one vote.


However, the top three choices for naming Oak Hills High School's mascot all received strong support across the campus, with "Champ," "Spike" and "Rex" closely splitting the top votes.


Students recently established yet another part of their school's tradition. Entering their third year, the time had come to decide the official name of the campus mascot, the bulldog, often seen roaming the sidelines of sporting events and taking center stage at pep rallies.


The students have spoken, and the name of their furry mascot is Spike.


"At first I was disappointed in the new name," senior Genelle Watkins said. "Then I thought, Spike was the vicious bulldog's name from 'Tom & Jerry,' so then I thought the name was pretty cool."


Students were given nearly two weeks to vote through a ballot printed in the school newspaper, the Paw Print, or on ballots they created. Three ballot boxes were placed around campus to collect the results.


"I should have stuffed the ballot box at the last minute," joked Principal Larry Porras, who had anticipated "Champ" would win. "But Spike's a tough name. I'll get used to it."


The name was announced at the packed football game Oct. 14, as Oak Hills hosted cross-town rival Sultana High School.


The results were close, with Spike garnering 48 percent of votes and Champ coming in a close second with 45 percent.


Porras noted a doghouse in the school's front office labeled "Rex."


"That name's got to be changed," he said.


Nicole Olney is editor of the Paw Print, Oak Hills High School's student newspaper.