The West Virginia University community will officially welcome new Mountaineer mascot Trey Hinrichs during the”Passing of the Rifle”ceremony Friday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the Vandalia Lounge of the Mountainlair.

Hinrichs, a senior psychology and counseling major from Sistersville, will become the Universitys 59th Mountaineer mascot when the rifle is passed from current Mountaineer Scott Moore. Moore, of Barrackville, is completing his second year as the WVU mascot.

“I already have my buckskins, and Im ready to go,”said an enthusiastic Hinrichs.”Its only the second time theyve ever had this ceremony, and Im very excited to finally be able to take over as the new Mountaineer.”

Several past Mountaineer mascots are expected to be on hand for the ceremony as well as representatives of the University administration, athletic department, Mountaineer Parents Club, Alumni Center and student body.

“The WVU Mountaineer serves as a symbol not only for West Virginia University but for the entire state,”said Sonja Wilson, Mountainlair administrative assistant and adviser for Mountaineer Week.”This event is important to honor these two individuals who have and will continue to display the Mountaineer spirit that is spread throughout the great state of West Virginia.”

Hinrichs will officially don the buckskins and rifle as 2002-2003 Mountaineer mascot during the annual Blue and Gold spring football game Saturday, April 20, at 12:30 p.m. at Mountaineer Field.