Known for their volunteer work, academic success and extracurricular involvement – Dave Slusarick and Macy Miller are being recognized with one of West Virginia University’s most prestigious awards.

Slusarick and Miller are the 2010 Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer. They were announced and presented with Mountaineer statues during halftime of the WVU-Cincinnati football game on Saturday (Nov. 13).

The award, presented as part of WVU’s annual Mountaineer Week, is given to students who have achieved exemplary academic achievement and extracurricular involvement. One male and one female student are recognized each year.

An educational leadership graduate student from Uniontown, Pa., Slusarick is active as a graduate assistant for WVU’s Leadership Studies Program and a volunteer instructor for University 101.

He was appointed to President Jim Clements’ Task Force for Tobacco Policy and is a member of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee.

Slusarick considers his time on the committee his “most rewarding extracurricular endeavor at WVU.”

“I had the opportunity to make WVU a safer campus, by restricting students who might pose a security risk, and to put my WVU pride into practice, by imposing tough but fair disciplinary actions on students whose public conduct tarnishes WVU’s reputation,” he wrote in his application.

Slusarick is a former resident assistant and recipient of the Nathaniel “Tick” Huettner Award, given to the most influential RA on campus. He has also served as site coordinator for the American Red Cross; and was the recipient of the 2009 Mountaineer Week Spirit Award and WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior award in 2009.

Slusarick was sponsored by Sigma Theta Epsilon National Christian Fraternity’s Beta Eta Chapter. He is the son of Amy and the late David B. Slusarick.

Miller, a nursing graduate student from Romney, is active in the Student Nurses’ Association.

She has served the University as a Gold and Blue Student Ambassador, member of WVU’s Women’s Choir and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Miller has also been active in National Exemplary Scholars in Service, Habitat for Humanity, Campus Crusade for Christ and Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club.

Miller became active in helping the homeless in Morgantown during her senior year at WVU. She was active on the Multidisciplinary UnSheltered Homeless Relieve Outreach of Morgantown (MUSHROOM) Project. She frequently brought food, clothing and basic medical care to the area’s homeless.

“Through homeless awareness education, food and clothing drives, and overwhelming support from my community, we were able to make a difference,” Miller wrote in her application.

She has placed on the president’s and dean’s lists multiple semesters, and been recognized as a Valley Health Scholar and recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Miller was sponsored by the WVU School of Nursing. She is the daughter of James and Susan Miller.

Also in the running for 2010 Mr. Mountaineer were: Ron K. Cheng, Morgantown; Adam Harris, Morgantown; Timothy Przybysz, Wheeling; and Justin M. West, Wheeling.

Also in the running for 2010 Ms. Mountaineer were: Brittany Fink, Charleston; Tristan Gartin, Chapmanville; Cassie Werner, Clarksburg; and Molly Wilson, Morgantown.

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