BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Today is the final day to vote for the St. Stanislaus Rock-A-Chaws as the most unique mascot in USA Today's High School Sports Most Unique High School Mascot contest. St. Stanislaus' mascot was recently voted the most unique mascot in Mississippi.
The all boy school is competing against eight other schools from throughout the nation. You can help St. Stanislaus win the title by voting.
"In 1916 the newly organized St. Stanislaus varsity football team became known as the Rock-A-Chaws. Credit for coining the title belongs to Br. Macarius Pierce, SSC principal, who organized a Rooters Club in 1916 to cheer for the team. Within a few years, the name Rock-A-Chaws was used for all SSC athletes, and the rock-a-chaw became the school mascot.
Rock-a-chaw comes from an old Choctaw word meaning devil grass, and it refers to the pesky little sand burrs that abounded on campus before the lawns were cultivated. For years College students conscientiously removed the cockleburs from their playing fields where the prolific prickly weeds sprung up naturally in the sandy soil that was ideal for them. Sometimes SSC students dragged woolen blankets across the fields before a game to pick up the rock-a-chaws that stuck with their small sharp spikes."