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Coal Miner's Daughter 1 of 4 WVU Mountaineer Mascot Finalists


West Virginia University will have a new mascot Wednesday evening. The selection process includes an application, interview and cheer off.  One of the – now four – finalists is Wyoming County native, Savannah Lusk. She’s a coal miner’s daughter and the first in her family to go to college. Lusk would be the third woman Mountaineer if she’s chosen. Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly spoke with Lusk last year and checked back in with Savannah shortly after the cheer off to see how she’s handling the competition.

That was Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly speaking with Mountaineer mascot finalist Savannah Lusk. The three other finalists are Ethan Ball, from Princeton, Troy Clemons, from Greenbrier County and Aren Cox, from Wexford, Pennsylvania. The next Mountaineer will be named during this evening’s WVU-Texas Tech basketball game. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 tonight.


Credit Greg Ellis
The four finalists for the next WVU Mountaineer mascot.

This article was updated on March 2, 2016, to reflect the fact that the WVU men’s basketball game against Texas Tech is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff.