MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – During the men’s basketball game on Saturday, West Virginia University named Mary Roush as the 68th Mountaineer in the school’s history.
Roush becomes the third woman to hold the honor of being the Mountaineer, as Natalie Tennant (1990) and Rebecca Durst (2009) served as the school’s mascot. Roush also becomes the first ever freshman elected as the Mountaineer.
And your 68th Mountaineer Mascot is … Mary Roush! 💛💙
As the third female Mountaineer and first freshman Mountaineer, Mary will proudly represent our University, our state, and all 1.8 million West Virginians!
— WVU Mountaineers (@WestVirginiaU) March 5, 2022
From WVU’s release:
Mary G. Roush, from Mason, is a freshman advertising and public relations major minoring in sports communication. She is a member of the Mountaineer Maniacs, Public Relations Student Society of America and former member of the Hugh O’Brian Leadership program. Roush is a recipient of the PROMISE Scholarship and serves as an intern with WVU Athletics Video.
“It is my life goal to serve the state of West Virginia and this position would give me the opportunity to give back to the 1.8 million that make it so wild and wonderful,” Roush said. “It would be a privilege and honor to cheer on the Mountaineers as our mascot.”