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Morgan Griffith and Paige McElroy were announced as 2022 WVU Homecoming Royalty during a ceremony at the Homecoming Football Game on Saturday.
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An expanded week of homecoming activities filled with school pride and tradition culminated at West Virginia University today (October 29) with the coronation of Morgan Griffith and Paige McElroy as 2022 Homecoming Royalty .

The announcement was made during the halftime ceremony at Saturday’s Homecoming football game against TCU.

Selected by their peers over two days of voting, Griffith and McElroy were surrounded by members of the Homecoming Court and their families, the Mountaineer Marching Band and tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans, including former students, attending the game at the Puskar stadium in Milan.

Griffith, a graduate student in human resource management and Fellow of Honors College in Avon, Connecticut, is a Student Ambassador at John Chambers College of Business and Economics, and is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and WVU Women in Business. She was sponsored by the WVU Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

McElroy, a senior graduate in advertising and public relations and a fellow of Honors College in Miamisburg, Ohio, is a student ambassador at Reed College of Media, vice president of Project 168 Society, and a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. McElroy was sponsored by the WVU Panhellenic Association where she is president.

Other nominees include: Raeanne Beckner, a double major in journalism and multidisciplinary studies from Bridgeport; Lillian Bischof, a double major in chemical engineering and finance from Wheeling; Sohan Daniel, a senior sports and exercise psychology graduate from Chantilly, Virginia; Amaya Jernigan, a biology major with a minor in addiction studies from Waldorf, Maryland; Lauren Moore, Business Data Analytics graduate student from West Milford; Rylan Nemesh, a senior mining engineer from Allentown, Pennsylvania; Olivia Steeley, a senior nurse from Greensburg, Pennsylvania; and Raafay Uqaily, a senior biomedical engineer from Morgantown.

The 2022 WVU Alumni Association Homecoming and Service Awards were also presented at halftime.

Charles E. Emanuel (’97) is the Outstanding Alumnus of 2022 and Greg Darby (’80) is the recipient of the David W. Jacobs Lifetime Service Award.

Hilah Zia (’11, ’13) is the 2022 recipient of the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Alumni Award, Ben Ashley (’15) the James R. McCartney Community Service Award, David Hill (’80) the Paul B. “Buck “Martin Award, Jihad Dixon (’17, ’19) is the recipient of the John F. Nicholas Jr. Award.

Mary Marantz (’02), bestselling author and host of the iTunes Top 200 podcast “The Mary Marantz Show,” was the grand marshal for the annual homecoming parade on Friday night (October 28).

Learn more about past winners.



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