An exercise physiologist major from Beaver, Jill Thomas, and a biology major from Conklin, N.Y., Michael Morgan, have been chosen this years Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer at West Virginia University.

That announcement was made today, Saturday, Nov. 9, at halftime during WVU s football game against BostonCollege at Mountaineer Field.

�€?I am thrilled,�€? Thomas said. �€?This is an incredibly high honor.�€?

Morgan agreed. �€?Its great to know your teachers and peers think so much of you to even consider you for this award, let alone win it.�€?

Sponsored by Kappa Phi Christian Sorority, Thomas is a member of the WVU Dance Team, president of Kappa Phi and a member of Campus Crusade for Christ, among other activities.

She also is a tutor at BeaverElementary School, a choreographer for the West Virginia Junior Miss Program and a volunteer at RaleighGeneralHospital.

Thomas is a member of the WVU Honors Program and Mortar Board and is a National Merit Scholar. She also belongs to Chimes Honorary, Gamma Beta Phi Honorary and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Thomas is listed on the Deans List, and she received a Presidential Award for Excellence, as well as an Honors Scholarship.

�€?I am proud to be a Mountaineer and a WVU student,�€? Thomas said. �€?WVU is the result of the many exceptional qualities of the state, the campus and the people within our community. I would rather be here than anywhere.�€?

Morgan also is proud to be a Mountaineer and a WVU student, citing as reasons the integrity and diversity of people at WVU and in West Virginia, as well as respect for tradition.

�€?WVU predecessors have proven themselves in the real world and have shown the country that a WVU diploma is a powerful tool,�€? he said.

Sponsored by Phi Kappa Alpha where he serves as campus involvement chair, Morgan is a member of the Student Government Association Board of Governors; a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Society and Bete Beta Beta Biological Society; and a tutor at the WVULearningCenter, among other activities.

Morgan also was a telecounselor with WVU s New Student Services last year.

He was selected as a member of Helvetia Sophomore Honorary, President of Chimes Junior Honorary, and he currently serves as a president of the Mortar Board Senior Honorary.

Morgan has received the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Certificate of Achievement twice and the Presidents Award for Academic Excellence four times.

In 1999, he received a WVU Presidential Scholarship, which provides complete tuition, room and board and other funds over four years.

Morgan also is a member of the WVU Honors Program, the Golden Key National Honorary Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer candidates are nominated independently, or by a student organization, college dean or director. They must complete an application and a 600-word essay on what being a Mountaineer means to them. They are interviewed by two separate panels who choose both the finalists and the winners.

Todays halftime announcement of this years Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer marks the end of the WVU s 55th annual Mountaineer Week activities.

Since Nov. 1, WVU has been celebrating the Appalachian culture through various activities including a WVU Mountaineer Mascot Reunion, an Arts and Crafts Fair, special foods and much more. This years Most Loyal Faculty and Staff and Most Loyal Alumni also were recognized during todays halftime lineup.