Homecoming Court 2023
West Virginia University’s 2023 Homecoming Court have been selected and will now vie for the title of 2023 Homecoming Royalty.
All voting will take place on WVUENGAGE from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on October 17th and 18th. Students can vote using their accounts on their own electronic devices.
The entire court will participate in the Homecoming Parade, which takes place on High Street Friday, October 20th; the parade is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.
The Homecoming Royalty will be crowned during a halftime ceremony at the WVU football game against Oklahoma State University on Saturday, October 21st, at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Lauren Byrnside, a senior major in Dental Hygiene from Madison, WV, serves as the President of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the Student Elect for the WVU Dental Materials Committee. She has made the President’s List for 4 semesters and is a member of the Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society. In addition to her involvement, Lauren tutors students in the Dental Hygiene program. She is sponsored by Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Sarah Ashton Hollen, a senior Psychology major from Buckhannon, WV, serves as the Treasurer for WVU Figure Skating, a member of the Tennis Club, Country Line Dancing Club, and the Student Dance Association. She has been involved in psychology research and presented at the 2023 Spring Research Symposium. She owns a local photography business and is involved with Kingdom Church. Sarah has made the Dean’s List and President’s List multiple times and has received the Certificate of Achievement for Meritorious Performance in the Department of Psychology. She is sponsored by the Figure Skating Club.
Caroline Johnson, a senior Industrial Engineering major from Hurricane, WV, serves as a Peer Mentor for WVU Industrial and Management Systems Engineering and President of the Industrial Engineering Honor Society. She is a member of the Honors College and a Tau Beta Pi scholar. Caroline is a Connecting Champions Mentor and volunteers her time as a food bank volunteer for Christian Help. She has received the WVU Statler IMSE Academic Scholarship, Loyalty Permanent Endowment Fund Valedictorian Scholarship, Statler College Engineering Excellence Scholarship of Distinction Level 1, and has been on both the Dean’s and President’s list for multiple semesters. Caroline is sponsored by Tau Beta Pi.
Romeo Mitchell Jr., a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering from Orlando, FL, serves as President of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Pi Mu Chapter, President of National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), a member of National Society of Black Engineers, a member of Biomedical Engineering Society, and a member of Black Student Union. Romeo has earned the award of Chapter President of the Year for NPHC in 2022, and WVU’s Scholarship of Distinction within the Statler college. Romeo is sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Pi Mu Chapter.
Caitlin Newton, a senior majoring in Coaching and Performance Science from Wayland, MA. Caitlin has served as the President of WVU CHAARG and Director of Ritual Education for Alpha Omicron Pi. Cailtin has earned the WVU Panhellenic Scholarship for the last two years, Scholarship of Distinction for two years, the WVU System Connection Grant, and was recently a member of President Gordon Gee’s Roundtable Discussion. Cailtin is sponsored by Alpha Omicron Pi.
Kaleigh Papez, a senior Human and Health Performance major, and mountaineer native from Morgantown, WV. Kaleigh is the President of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), Vice President of Runway of Dreams, a member of COTAD, and a member of the OT chapter of Relay for Life. Kaleigh is a Promise and Distinction Scholarship recipient, and a TBI grant recipient. Kaleigh is sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Association.
Olivia Quarrick, a senior from Morgantown, WV majoring in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Health Professions, served as the former Recruitment Chair of Chi Omega, a current member of Pre-PA Club, a Peer Mentor and Teaching Assistant for the Honors College, a member of Exercise Physiology club, member of the Nolan Burch Greek Leadership Academy, a member of Order of Omega Greek Life National Honor Society, and a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta. Olivia is also a graduate of the Honor’s Foundation Program and has been accepted to Global Medical and Dental Brigades - Honduras 2024 Brigades. Olivia is also a recipient of the Promise Scholarship, Scholarship of Distinction, the Dependent Education Scholarship, and made the Dean’s and President’s List. Olivia is sponsored by the Pre-PA Club.
Malia Richardson, a senior from Morgantown, WV majoring in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Communication Studies. Malia serves as the current President of Society of Women Engineers (SWE), former President and Social Media Manager of Photography Club, a Statler College of Engineering Ambassador, a member of the Mountaineer Maniacs, Student Advisory Council, WVU PickleBall Club, and a Digital Media Intern. Malia has been recognized with the Industrial Engineering Alumni Academy Leadership Award and Outstanding Student Organization of the Year Award for SWE. She is also a scholarship recipient for National Society of Professional Engineers and Contractors Association of WV. Malia is sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers.
Olivia Suazo, a senior majoring in Corporate Finance and Valuation minoring in Entrepreneurship from Ellicott City, MD. She serves as a member and previous Director of Community Service for Chi Omega Sorority, a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a member and analyst of the Student Managed Investment Fund, a Peer Career Coach for the Center of Career Development (B&E college), and a previous member of the Finance Club. Liv is a recipient of the Scholarship of Distinction, Robert Roll Scholarship for Women in Finance, Penni Roll Membership and Finance Scholarship, National Capital Area Chapter Scholarship, and Huston Fellow. Liv has also been on the Dean’s and President’s List, as well as earning a spot in the top 10% for the GE Aerospace Interview Competition. Liv is sponsored by Chi Omega.
Addison Wallace, a senior majoring in Elementary Education from Haymarket, VA, is a member of Country Line Dancing Club, Kappa Delta Pi, and Student Academic Advisory Board. She serves as a Tour Leader and Peer Advisor for Leadership for the First-Year Leadership Academy. Addison previously served as a Student Government Association (SGA) intern, SGA College of Education and Human Services Senator, TEDxWVU Event Coordination Chair, Lead Student Ambassador for the College of Education and Human Services/College of Applied Human Science, and a member of Delight Ministries. Addison has made both the Dean’s List and President’s List and was a Student Champion for the Clifton Strengths competition. Addison is sponsored by the Country Line Dancing Club.