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Opening Shots: B&E Students Outside the Classroom

Written by Blair Dowler | Photographed by Alex Wilson

Saira Blair

In November 2014, Saira Blair won a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates for the 59th District, becoming the youngest state lawmaker in the United States at that time. Re-elected in 2016, she currently serves on the Political Subdivisions, Education, Industry and Labor and Small Business and Economic Development committees. You can also find the Martinsburg, West Virginia, native wandering the WVU campus as a rising senior dual economics major at B&E and Spanish language and literature major at the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Saira Blair

Emily Dillon

With a passion for working with the community and helping people, Emily Dillon graduated with her undergraduate degree in hospitality and tourism management from the College of B&E in May 2017. Hailing from Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Dillon has another love – caving. The spelunker has explored approximately 40 caves in various states, such as Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2016, she served as the president of the University’s student caving organization, the WVU Student Grotto. She is pictured here in Laurel Caverns in Hopwood, Pennsylvania. 

Emily Dillon

Troy Clemons

With a thick beard and a heart full of pride for the Mountain State, Troy Clemons truly exemplifies what it means to be a Mountaineer. He grew up watching Mountaineer sports, but when he arrived at WVU, he realized being the Mountaineer mascot is much more than a sports role. An ambassador for the University, he goes out into communities, inspiring West Virginians and leaving his mark on the state. The Greenbrier County, West Virginia, native is currently working toward his MBA at the College of B&E.

Troy Clemons