Four finalists to compete Monday in Mountaineer Mascot Cheer-off

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Four finalists will don the buckskins and carry the musket
Monday (Feb. 12) in competition to be the 66th West
Virginia University Mountaineer
Mascot. The cheer-off will be held during the men’s basketball game vs. Texas Christian University
at 9 p.m. in the WVU

The four, all West Virginia natives, were selected by a committee
of faculty, staff and students based on an application, essay and interview. Finalists
will be judged on their performance and interaction with the crowd.

The finalists are: Timothy Eads, a freshman majoring in strategic
communications from Buffalo; Trevor Kiess, a senior accounting major minoring
in pre-law
and legal studies from Elkins; Jesse Lackey, a senior secondary education
and English major from Salem; and Troy
Salatino, a sophomore secondary education and
history major from Wheeling.

Eads, a graduate of Buffalo High School,
serves as a member of the Mountaineer Collegiate FFA and WVU Collegiate Farm
Bureau. He volunteers his time to the Falling Run Trail repair project, mission
trips to Clay County and helping high students interested in agricultural
sciences. Eads has served as an undergraduate communications assistant for the WVU Extension Services Small Farm Center.

“It would be a tremendous
honor to serve as the West Virginia University Mountaineer. I have always been
a Mountaineer at heart, and it has been a long-time dream of mine to be the
Mountaineer,” Eads said. “Serving the great state of West Virginia, and West
Virginia University, would give me the opportunity to give back to a state that
has provided me with many opportunities. It would be an honor to share my love,
pride and passion for WVU with the current students, future students, alumni and residents of West Virginia.”
Kiess, the current alternate Mountaineer
Mascot, is a graduate of Elkins High School. He is a member of the Honors College, Chimes Junior Honorary
and Beta Gamma …

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