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Vote for 2015-16 America's Best Athletic Program

Final Round

NOTE: The 20 group winners along with the five wildcards have been placed into one group for the final round of voting.
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FINAL ROUND of voting is underway! Voting will end Thursday, June 2 at 2 pm ET.  Show your support and vote now! 

GROUP ROUND WINNERS:

Maggie Walker, VA
Old Rochester, MA
South Brunswick, NJ
Burns, OR
Woodward Academy, GA
Green Hope, NC
Dalton, GA
St. Joseph's Academy, LA
Hunterdon Central, NJ
New London, WI
Mill River, VT
Kearsarge Regional, NH
Burlington, WI
Washington, IA
Derryfield School, NH
T.F. Riggs, SD
Lake Orion, MI
Mother McAuley, IL
Juneau-Douglas, AK
St. Thomas Aquinas, KS
Lowell Catholic, MA (wildcard)
Eldorado, NM (wildcard)
Valley Christian, AZ (wildcard)
Allen, TX (wildcard)
Regina, IA (wildcard)

STATE WINNERS:

Alabama - Homewood, Piedmont 
Alaska - Juneau-Douglas, West Valley
Arizona - Valley Christian, Desert Vista
Arkansas - Siloam Springs, Hot Springs
California - La Mirada, Enterprise
Colorado - Thompson Valley, Regis Jesuit
Connecticut - Waterford, Notre Dame
Delaware - Smyrna, Cape Henlopen
District of Columbia - Gonzaga College, St. John's College
Florida - Godby, Miami Country Day
Georgia - Dalton, Woodward Academy
Hawaii - Hawaii Prep, Konawaena
Idaho - Boise, Blackfoot
Illinois - George Washington, Mother McAuley
Indiana - Valparasio, North Central
Iowa - Washington, Regina
Kansas - St. Thomas Aquinas, Hesston
Kentucky -  Notre Dame, Covington Catholic
Louisiana - St. Joseph's Academy, Catholic
Maine - Scarborough, Forest Hills
Maryland - Sherwood, Middletown
Massachusetts - Old Rochester, Lowell Catholic
Michigan - Lake Orion, Seaholm
Minnesota - Southwest Minnesota Christian, Blue Earth
Mississippi - St. Patrick, St. Stanislaus
Missouri - St. Francis Borgia, Lafayette
Montana - Corvallis, Hamilton
Nebraska - Sidney, Omaha Scutt Catholic
Nevada - Bishop Gorman, Spanish Springs
New Hampshire - Kearsarge Regional, Derryfield School
New Jersey - South Brunswick, Hunterdon Central
New Mexico - Mayfield, Eldorado
New York - Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Shenendehowa
North Carolina - Green Hope, Millbrook
North Dakota - Fargo South, Hazen
Ohio -  Bishop Watterson, Wapakoneta
Oklahoma - Verdigris, Newcastle
Oregon - Burns, South Eugene
Pennsylvania - Cumberland Valley, Pine Richland
Rhode Island - Rogers, Coventry
South Carolina - Dutch Fork, Chapin
South Dakota - Tea Area, T.F. Riggs
Tennessee - Farragut, Christ Presbyterian
Texas - Allen, Judson
Utah - Richfield, Maple Mountain
Vermont - Mill River, U-32
Virginia - Maggie Walker, Matoaca
Washington - Sumner, Zillah
West Virginia - Charleston Catholic, Morgantown
Wisconsin - Burlington, New London
Wyoming - Tongue River, Central

Wildcards:

Lincoln Plus X, NE
Peachtree Ridge, GA
Verona Area, WI
Manchester, MA
Rosebud-Lott, TX
Detroit Catholic Central, MI
Ponte Vedra, FL
Sandy Creek, GA
De La Salle, MI
North Vermillion, IN
Parkview Baptist, LA
Mills Godwin, VA
Aquinas, GA
Archer, GA
Northbridge, MA
Ames, IA
Starr's Mill, GA
Monacan, VA

About the Best Athletic Program Contest:
Who has the best athletic program in the country?  USA TODAY High School Sports is giving the fans the opportunity to decide.  The next installment of the “America’s Best” contest series will be the 2015-16 America’s Best Athletic Program.  

The contest will take place over a 10-month period (August – June), where schools from each state, including Washington D.C., that have won a state championship in the past three academic years (2012-15) in a state sanctioned sport will compete for the best athletic program in the country.  States will be rolled out in groups of three (3) in two-week increments over the 10-month period.

There will be three (3) rounds of voting by the public with the State Round commencing on August 31, 2015.  See below for the date of your state.

Round Dates:

State: Aug. 31 – May. 13

8/31/15:Arizona, Utah, Nevada

9/14/15: Michigan, Oregon, Nebraska

9/28/15: Georgia, Indiana, Idaho

10/12/15: Minnesota, Colorado, South Dakota

10/26/15: Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota

11/9/15: Illinois, Iowa, West Virginia

11/30/15: Washington, Wisconsin, Montana

12/14/15: Ohio, Kentucky, Rhode Island

1/11/16: California, Mississippi, D.C.

1/25/16: Florida, Oklahoma, Maine

2/8/16: Texas, Tennessee, Hawaii

2/22/16: New York, Maryland, Delaware

3/7/16: Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wyoming

3/21/16: Alabama, South Carolina, Alaska

4/4/16: North Carolina, Connecticut, New Hampshire

4/18/16: New Jersey, Arkansas, Montana

5/2/16: Virginia, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Mexico

Group: May 16 – May 24

National: May 25 – June 2

State Round – States will be rolled out in groups of three (3), every two (2) weeks, with the first three beginning at 12:00 p.m. (E.T.) August 31, 2015 and ending at 2:00 p.m. (E.T.) September 11, 2015 (“Voting Period”). The voting period for each state is a total of twelve (12) days. All eligible voters may submit votes by going to http://contest.usatodayhss.com/ and clicking “Vote Now” and select one of schools listed. The top two (2) vote getters from each state will advance to round one of the National Voting, along with the 18 high schools in the nation that received the highest number of votes, but did not finish in the top two in their state. There is no limit to the number of times an individual can vote.

Group Round – The first round beginning at 12:00 p.m. (E.T.) May 16, 2016 and ending at 2:00 p.m. (E.T.) May 24, 2016, all eligible voters may submit votes by going to http://contest.usatodayhss.com/ and vote for one of the schools. The 10 schools from each group that receive the highest number of eligible votes will move on to the final round, along with the top five (5) vote getters, no matter what group, that did not finish in the top ten (10) of its group. There is no limit to the number of times an individual can vote.

Final Round - The final round beginning at 12:00 p.m. (E.T.) May 25, 2016 and ending at 2:00 p.m. (E.T.) June 2, 2016, all eligible voters may submit votes by going to http://contest.usatodayhss.com/ and vote for one of the schools. The final round of national voting will consist of 25 schools, the top 10 vote getters from each group in the first round of national voting, along with the five (5) high schools in that received the highest number of votes, but did not finish in the top 10 of its group. There is no limit to the number of times an individual can vote.

Prizes:

First Place: The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $2,500 and a banner

Second Place: The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $1,500 and a banner

Third Place: The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $500 and a banner

**All 10 finalist schools will receive a banner for being a finalist.