ST. GEORGE — Dixie State College of Utah has announced the first three concept finalists for its "Dixie Idol" campaign to come up with the institution's new nickname and mascot.

Over the first week of the campaign's nomination process, 715 total submissions from at least 550 unique visitors to DSC's "Dixie Idol" Web site were recorded for consideration.

"To have over 700 total entries submitted over the first week of the campaign is really impressive," said Dixie State spokesperson Steve Johnson. "It is encouraging to see so many people show an interest in what the new identity of Dixie State College of Utah will be, both as a moniker for its NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic program and for an institution that continues to evolve in its current four-year mission."

The first three nickname finalists include "Red Bulls," "Scorpions," and "Pioneers," each of which were nominated multiple times by a number of submitters. Individual entrants who submitted each of the three concepts were drawn from a hat to determine the $100 prizewinners.

Mark Zwahlen (Pioneers) and Kualii Min (Scorpions) from St. George, and Lana Magers (Red Bulls) from Pahrump, Nev., will each be awarded $100 for participating in the nomination process.