Applications are being accepted for West Virginia Universitys 2005 Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer.

This prestigious award honors one male and one female student who have a record of academic achievement and extracurricular involvement,said Sonja Wilson, Mountaineer Week coordinator.

Judges will factor in studentsgrade point average, campus and community activities, awards and honors, and work experienceplus an essay about what makes a Mountaineers spirit unique. Candidates must be seniors.

Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer applicants may be nominated by a student organization, dean or director, or themselves. Application forms are available at the Mountainlair information desk, or they may be downloaded at http://www.wvu.edu/documents/Mr_Ms_Application.pdf .

Materials must be submitted to the Mountainlair Administrative Offices (second floor of theLair) by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

Ten finalists, five men and five women, will be selected, and the two winners will be announced during halftime of the Nov. 2 WVU -Connecticut football game at Milan Puskar Stadium.

The contest has been a part of Mountaineer Week since 1962. Last years Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer were Christopher Williams of Spencer and Rebecca M. Fint of Aurora.

Along with the announcement of Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer is the naming of the Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer, Most Loyal West Virginian, Most Loyal Faculty and Staff Mountaineers, and the Spirit Award.

Other 2005 Mountaineer Week activities include the traditional beard-growing contest; appearances by the bee beard man; Mountaineer Idol finale sponsored by Coca-Cola and FOX 46 ; and craft fair. Details are forthcoming.