And the winner is …

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Provided by Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)


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. To learn more about NOVA’s mascot, go to


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