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WVU Selects Braden Adkins as 70th Mountaineer Mascot



Mountaineer Mascot

Braden Adkins out of Richwood, W.Va. was selected as West Virginia University‘s 70th Mountaineer Mascot on Saturday night during the WVU-Texas Tech game.

The other finalists included: Elijah Jones, from Elkins; Cade Kincaid, from Fayetteville; and Justin Waybright, from Parkersburg.

From the University’s release:

Adkins, who served as the 2023-24 alternate Mountaineer mascot, is a junior majoring in economics from Richwood. He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while also serving as a student worker in the Division of Student Life and a member of the Mountaineer Maniacs and WVU Pickleball Club.

“The experience I have gained as the alternate mascot has made me fully realize this is my passion,” Adkins said. “I’ve loved every minute of my current role, but being named the next Mountaineer will allow me to fully utilize my ability to give back to the people of West Virginia as the spokesperson for both the University and my state.” 

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