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Mascot chosen for 2012 World Choir Games

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A mascot has been chosen for the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati. 

Whirl, which was submitted by Davis Stanard of Cincinnati, will be the mascot for the event.

More than 60 entries were submitted to the 2012 World Choir Games Mascot Design Contest, which launched in January. Whirl was one of four finalists selected for a public voting process, which took place Feb. 27 - March 13.

Whirl finished third in the public voting, which accounted for 20 percent of the final decision, but the Selection Panel ultimately chose Whirl for its originality, versatility and likability. The Selection Panel included members with design, merchandise and international event experience.

Stanard, who co-owns Stanard Design Partners with his wife Cynthia, responded to Selection Panel requests by modifying his original design. There also will be a female version developed for the 2012 Games.

"I had a lot of fun with this, and I think it shows," Stanard said. "Whirl is playful and whimsical. I'm excited to see him come to life in all the various forms. I'll be the first to buy a stuffed Whirl doll."

Stanard chose the name as a shortened version of "World" (World Choir Games). He said it's also reflective of the World Choir Games logo – which appears to spin or whirl.

The World Choir Games, produced by Germany-based INTERKULTUR, is the largest international choral competition in the world and is held every two years. The 7th World Choir Games will take place July 4-14, 2012, and for the first time ever will be hosted in the United States. The event is expected to attract 20,000 competitors from about 70 countries.

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