You may not have realized it, but two B&E students were chosen to reign as West Virginia University's 2014 Homecoming king and queen. Matt Elder and Rachel Poe were crowned during halftime of the WVU-Kansas football game on October 4 at Milan Puskar Stadium.
WVU went on to win the Homecoming game over the Jayhawks 33-14.
Elder, a marketing major from Boca Raton, Florida, is the assistant director for the Mountaineer Maniacs. He is also the recruitment chairman for the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He serves on the Mountaineer Week committee and also works as a sports marketing intern for WVU Athletics. Elder is involved in many community service activities such as Maniacs blood drives, Ryan’s Rally and his fraternity’s philanthropy, which raises money for the Wounded Warriors Project. He is the son of Ken and Tricia Elder, and was sponsored by the Mountaineer Maniacs.
Poe, an accounting major from Morgantown, is the current president of the Panhellenic Council. During the 2012–2013 school year, she served as vice president of risk management for Alpha Phi sorority. She is a member of Mortar Board, Beta Gamma Sigma and the WVU Honors College. Her community service hours include the Alpha Phi Red Dress Gala, Sundale Nursing Home, Greek Clean-up and Christian Help. She is the daughter of Rocky and Cathe Poe, and was sponsored by the WVU Panhellenic Council.
Both the queen and king thought their representation of B&E in Homecoming was great for the College.
“I definitely think it’s great to have two representatives from the College as king and queen,” said Elder. “I think it shows that we have a very well-rounded education from the College and gain valuable social skills that are crucial in the business world.”
“Having both king and queen be students of B&E shows that we are going above and beyond not only academically, but in improving our school and community as a whole and leaving behind a legacy to be proud of,” said Poe.
But pursuing Homecoming king or queen isn’t for everybody.
“When researching past Homecoming queens, I found that nobody from B&E had won for quite some time, which was so surprising to me because I believe we have some of the most outstanding students at WVU. Being Homecoming queen was something that I had wanted for years, but never thought could be a reality,” Poe said. “Homecoming queen was one of the greatest honors WVU could bestow upon one of its own.”
“I thought that running for homecoming King would be a lot of fun and exciting,” Elder said. “I wanted to be able to represent the two organizations I'm most involved in — the Mountaineer Maniacs and Pi Kappa Alpha. My family was obviously very excited and happy for me. They knew that I had worked hard to get my name out there. My mom and grandma were on the field with me and had huge smiles. My dad, who wasn't able to make it, called me before I even was able to tell him I won.”
“My parents could barely stop hugging me long enough to be crowned!” explained Poe. “My grandmother was also at the game and I could not be happier that she was able to share this incredible experience with me. They were the best support system I could have asked for.”