Evan Bonnstetter and Julie Diamond have been announced as West Virginia University’s 2011 Homecoming king and queen.

Bonnstetter and Diamond were crowned during halftime of the WVU-Bowling Green football game on Saturday (Oct. 1) at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Bonnstetter is a public relations and Spanish double-major from Morgantown, and is part of the WVU club tennis team and the Alpha Kappi Psi business fraternity, where he has held the positions of pledge class community service chair, pledge board, pledge master and warden.

He is a student liaison for the Gold and Blue Student Ambassadors and was part of the Student Government Association from 2009-11. Bonnstetter is a member of the Honors College, an instructor of an Honors 199 class and Honors In-Hall tutor.

His community activities include: Ronald McDonald House, Sundale Nursing Home and Morgantown Public Library Activities, among others. He is the son of Dennis and Cathy Bonnstetter. He was sponsored by the WVU club tennis team.

“Winning Homecoming king is the biggest honor I can imagine at WVU. It means that other students see me as a good representative of the University and a true Mountaineer,” he said. “I have been going to the WVU Homecoming game with my family my whole life, and I hope that both they and the alumni that traveled to Morgantown for Homecoming feel the same way.”

Diamond is a biology and mathematics double major from Morgantown. She is the vice president for the Theta Chapter of Chi Omega Sorority sorority and a member of the Beta Beta Beta biology fraternity.

Diamond is a recipient of the West Virginia PROMISE Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Presidential Award for Excellence and Scholarship and is in the Honors College. In addition, she was selected as the sole undergraduate representative on the search committee for the new WVU vice president for research.

Her community activities include Relay for Life, Rosenbaum Family House, Monongalia General Hospital, SHOP and Make-A-Wish Foundation; she received a Community Service Award for more than 200 hours of volunteer work. She is the daughter of Harvey and Theresa Diamond. She was sponsored by the Theta Chapter of Chi Omega Sorority.

“The title of queen carries a priceless platform from which one’s voice can be heard, and I will do everything I can to influence others positively and to serve my community and state,” Diamond said. “The good will, enthusiasm and talents of our WVU students, harnessed and coordinated, could make a difference in so many ways, especially to the young people in our schools.”

Other king candidates were: Alex Folio from Clarksburg, Andrew Heckler from Morgantown, Brett Phillips from Grafton and Christopher Smith from St. Albans.

Other queen candidates were: Erin Dailey from Danville, Pa., Emily Dill from Scott Depot, Ellie McCoy from Charleston and Kathryn Pappa from Wheeling.

WVU alumnus Forest “Jack” Bowman was honored at halftime of the WVU-Bowling Green football game, as well. He was named the WVU Alumni Association’s 2011 Outstanding Alumnus. For more information on Bowman: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2011/09/28/former-student-body-president-all-american-to-be-honored-during-wvu-homecoming-celebration.

WVU alumni Rawnette Murray, Brian Martin, Juli Hatcher, Jeffrey Layne, and Sandy Barton were honored as the 2011 WVU Alumni Association Chapter/Service award recipients during halftime, as well. For more information on the honorees visit: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2011/09/28/alumni-to-be-recognized-at-homecoming-for-dedication-and-passion-to-wvu.

Also during Homecoming weekend, former Mountaineer all-American basketball player Da’Sean Butler led the annual Homecoming parade on Friday (Sept. 30) down High Street. Butler won a Big East Conference Tournament title and led WVU to a Final Four finish in 2010 and is the third-highest scorer in WVU basketball history behind greats Jerry West and Hod Rod Hundley. Butler was also honored during halftime.

Homecoming is a great time to remember days gone by. Share with us your own WVU memories through the University’s Heritage Project. Do you have a special recollection from WVU Homecoming? Tell us at http://heritageproject.wvu.edu/share_a_message.

For more information on WVU’s Homecoming festivities, visit http://homecoming.wvu.edu/.


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