MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Trevor Kiess was named the 65th Mountaineer mascot last Saturday and it’s an honor he is ready for.
“It was the greatest feeling in the world, the Elkins native said. “I’ve dreamed about that moment for so long, and when it finally arrived it was absolutely amazing. Hearing Bill Nevin call my name and then running out to get the musket was totally surreal.”
Kiess knew as a child that becoming the Mountaineer was something he was meant to do.
“From a young age, I’ve always dreamed of being the Mountaineer,” he said. “WVU sports were a huge part of my childhood and I always looked up to the Mountaineer. When I first thought that I could be the actual Mountaineer myself was during high school when Jonathan Kimble visited my school. I’ll never forget how excited I was when he came into my class, and that feeling is something that I hope I can share with as many kids around the state as possible.”
“The thing I’m looking most forward to is showing my love for WVU and West Virginia to the entire country,” Kiess said. “Growing up in West Virginia, WVU has always played a huge role in my life and now to be able to be an ambassador for the university and the entire state is a dream come true.”
However, this won’t be a task that is completely new for Kiess. This past year, he has served as the alternate Mountaineer to Troy Clemons.
That really helped Kiess prepare for what lies ahead.
“Being the Alternate Mountaineer over the last year has been an awesome experience,” he said. “It gave me a chance to get comfortable in the buckskins and allowed me to find my own style as the Mountaineer. I was able to do a ton of events and I feel fully prepared to take over on April 7th.”
Kiess is determined to make his school and the entire state proud.
“One thing that I hope to accomplish more than anything is to be a Mountaineer that will make everyone in West Virginia and anyone associated with WVU proud,” he said. “This is the greatest honor of my life, and it is something that I will never take lightly.”