“Aubie continues to set the example for the model mascot program in the country,” said Corey Edwards, director of the Office of Student Involvement. “The competition is based around the production of a skit. Although there are rules for the number and size of props being used as well as a strict time requirement, it is completely up in the air after that.”
Aubie is no stranger to the competition or to winning. He won the title in 1991, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2012 and came in second place six times and third place three times.
According to the Universal Cheerleaders Association website, categories the mascots could be judged on in the first round of scoring were overall character development, game situations, crowd involvement, cheer and band integration, community service, non-sporting events and the overall impression. Scoring well in these categories sent the mascots on to a second round.
Aubie placed first in the video portion of the competition which sent him to Disney World to compete for the title. Mascots submitted a three-minute highlight video showing their involvement in school events, sporting games, community activities and public events during the past year.
In the second round, Aubie competed against nine other mascots in his division. He was judged on categories such as crowd appeal and interaction, creativity, animation and enthusiasm, prop usage and again, overall impression.