Raimah Hossain (left) and Kylie A. Parker (right) are honored as 2021 homecoming royalty at halftime of the University of West Virginia soccer game against Texas Tech on October 2 2021.
Photo WVU / Brian Persinger
A weekend of Homecoming activities at the University of West Virginia culminated Saturday, October 2 with the appointment of Raimah Hossain and Kylie A. Parker as 2021 Homecoming Royalty, marking the start of a new tradition at the ‘University.
The announcement was made during the halftime ceremony for Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Texas Tech.
Selected by their peers during two days of voting, Hossain and Parker were surrounded by members of the Homecoming Court and their families, the Mountaineer Marching Band and tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans, including alumni, attending the “Stripe the Stadium” match. In Milan Puskar. Stadium.
Hossain, a biomedical engineering major from Starkville, Mississippi, was sponsored by Camp Kesem at WVU. She is the Student Government Association Inclusion Coordinator, Honors College Ambassador, and Camp Kesem Fellow at WVU. Hossain is participating in the WVU Undergraduate Summer Research Experience and was a TedxWVU “Say It Loud” speaker in 2020. She is also a Neil S. Bucklew Fellow and a Diversity Fellow.
Parker, a major in exercise physiology and a member of the EXCEL program at Honors College in Wheeling, was sponsored by Chi Omega Sorority of which she is the president. She is also a member of the Honor’s EXCEL program, exercise physiology club and peer mentor and teaching assistant for Honors College. Parker is the recipient of the Distinction Scholarship, Arista Cup (Pan-Hellenic) and was shortlisted for the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute.
Other nominees included: Ethan Cade, a senior environmental geoscience student and fellow of Honors College, Wayne; Morgan Glass, a major in biochemistry and fellow of Wheeling’s Honors College; Hunter Moore, a senior mechanical and aerospace engineer from West Milford; Makenna Myers, a major in global supply chain management from Ruffs Dale, Pa .; and Ally Simon, a major in industrial engineering and a fellow of Honors College, Elkins.
The 2021 WVU Alumni Association Homecoming and Alumni Service Awards were also presented at halftime.
Dr. Gabrielle St-Léger (’01, ’01, ’12) is the exceptional alumnus of 2021, and Jules “Jay” Jacobs (’58) is the recipient of the David W. Jacobs Lifetime Service Award.
Samantha Joneswood (’18, ’20) is the recipient of the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award, Dr. Drew Massey (’02) the James R. McCartney Community Service Award, Mike Manley (’72, ’74) the Paul B “ Buck ”Martin Award, and Margaret R. Phillips (’75, ’77) and Rod Phillips (’75) of the WVU Alumni & Friends Palmetto Chapter in Hilton Head, South Carolina, are the recipients of the John F. Nicholas Award. Jr.
Elaine McMillion Sheldon (’09), assistant professor of film studies at the University of Tennessee School of Art and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker and Peabody winner, served as Grand Marshal for the annual Homecoming Parade Friday evening (October 1).
Learn more about the alumni laureates.
ta / 10/2/21
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