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County native a finalist to be WVU's mascot

March 03, 2009

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Finding a new president isn't the only selection process going on at West Virginia University this week. Four students have been named finalists as the university's new mascot.

The hopefuls will participate in a cheer-off competition Wednesday night at the WVU men's basketball game with DePaul. The winner will be announced at Saturday night's home game with Louisville.

The finalists are Brock Burwell of Harrisville, Rebecca Durst of Point Pleasant, Rebecca Funk of Big Pool, Md., and current mascot Michael Squires of Clarksburg.

Besides attending sporting events, the Mountaineer attends non-athletic events and cares for the mascot's signature mountain rifle.

Funk, the daughter of Teresa and Emerson Funk Jr. of Big Pool, is a 2006 graduate of Clear Spring High School. She is majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries and is a Gold and Blue Student Ambassadors, a student who greet guests on the WVU campus.

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