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Meet the Finalists

The Three Finalists

Who will be the Ultimate Mountaineer Fan?

Niki Gross

Niki Gross

Win or lose, the Mountaineers are always an inspiration to Niki. Her design represents her passion and dedication to the teams that mean everything to her. She's Mountaineer strong and always will be.

Niki Gross' Full Q&A

James Puliatte

James Puliatte

Pride is the best word to describe how James feels about WVU. This New Jersey native's life was changed after attending a Mountaineer football game at the age of nine. For him, home will always be here among the hills.

James Puliatte's Full Q&A

Sara Roth

Sara Roth

Sara shows off her gold and blue pride wherever she goes — support of and dedication to her alma mater are a constant inspiration. Her design is bold and recognizable, proudly showing her love of WVU.                   

Sara Roth's Full Q&A


Their Ultimate Designs

Niki Gross shirt

Win or lose, the Mountaineers are always an inspiration to Niki. Her design represents her passion and dedication to the teams that mean everything to her. She's Mountaineer strong and always will be.

James Puliatte shirt

Pride is the best word to describe how James feels about WVU. This New Jersey native's life was changed after attending a Mountaineer football game at the age of nine. For him, home will always be here among the hills.

Sara Roth shirt

Sara shows off her gold and blue pride wherever she goes — support of and dedication to her alma mater are a constant inspiration. Her design is bold and recognizable, proudly showing her love of WVU.       

Niki Gross

Niki Gross       

What is your favorite Mountaineer game you attended?

My favorite Mountaineer game I attended was in 2003 when we beat #3 Virginia Tech 28-7. I can still remember the craziness that erupted in the streets after the game.

In one word describe what being a Mountaineer means to you?

Everything!

Share one Mountaineer fun fact about you.

I’ve met every football and basketball head coach we’ve had since 1981.

Who is your favorite Mountaineer player (past or present)?

Steve Slaton

If you could go back and relive any Mountaineer moment, what would it be?

I would definitely relive attending the Final Four in 2010. Even though we didn’t get the outcome we were hoping for, it was still an experience I’ll never forget.

If you attended a University, what school, what was your major and when did you graduate ?

I attended WVU 1999-2003. My major was history and geography.

My first Mountaineer memory is…

My first Mountaineer memory is watching WVU beat Pitt on September 24, 1988 with my Uncle Chuck.

Where do you currently live?

Charleston, WV

What is the biggest "thing or event" you have missed in order to watch a WVU game?

I’ve missed work in order to watch a WVU game...don’t tell my boss.

James Puliatte

James Puliatte    

What is your favorite Mountaineer game you attended?

This might be a little obscure but it was Feb 5, 2005 at the Coliseum when WVU played Pitt. WVU came roaring back seemingly out of nowhere, and I VIVIDLY remember a loose ball that everyone knew Pittsnogle just had to pick up and dunk.  The Coliseum grew silent for half a second and when Pittsnogle threw it down the place erupted. It would be my first time (of 4) rushing the court after the Mountaineers won 83-78 in overtime. From that moment on, West Virginia basketball was different.

In one word describe what being a Mountaineer means to you?

Pride

Share one Mountaineer fun fact about you.

Bill Nevin, WVU basketball announcer, introduced my wedding party like he would a basketball game.

Who is your favorite Mountaineer player (past or present)?

Jerry West

If you could go back and relive any Mountaineer moment, what would it be?

WVU beating Kentucky to advance to the Final Four.

If you attended a University, what school, what was your major and when did you graduate ?

West Virginia University, Business Marketing, May 2007

My first Mountaineer memory is…

My first Mountaineer memory was when I was about 9 years old or so, going to visit my brother at WVU for the first time. I remember for some reason even though I wasn't a big football fan back then that it was SUPER important for me to see the actual kick-off of the game. I actually almost cried when I thought we missed it. Luckily we didn't and my life changed forever.

Where do you currently live?

Maywood, NJ

What is the biggest "thing or event" you have missed in order to watch a WVU game?

The biggest event I have missed to watch a WVU game was missing Thanksgiving (big deal in my house) so I could drive back to WVU for the Pitt vs WVU on Friday November 25th. WVU won 21-20.

Sara Roth

Sara Roth    

What is your favorite Mountaineer game you attended?

The 2006 Sugar Bowl when WVU beat Georgia in the Georgia Dome. Mountaineer fans were way outnumbered by Georgia fans, so it made it even better when we left the game with a victory!

In one word describe what being a Mountaineer means to you?

Pride

Share one Mountaineer fun fact about you.

I didn’t join the Pride of West Virginia Marching Band until my junior year of college….sure wish I had joined sooner!

Who is your favorite Mountaineer player (past or present)?

Jevon Carter. He embodies everything there is about being a Mountaineer; pride, hard work, passion, grit, spirit and dedication.

If you could go back and relive any Mountaineer moment, what would it be?

It would be the WVU vs. Miami game in 1993. I would love to relive that moment near the end when there was so much excitement and anticipation that the stadium was actually shaking and was unbelievably loud. It was an amazing experience for my young freshman self to experience and even better that we got the win!

If you attended a University, what school, what was your major and when did you graduate?

I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The College of Business & Economics in 1997 and received my Masters in Public Administration from the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences School of Social Work & Public Administration in 2000.

My first Mountaineer memory is…

Attending my first football game in 1990 as WVU took on Kent State (and won!), it was that moment when I realized my love for WVU and that I wanted to attend college there

Where do you currently live?

Charleston, SC

What is the biggest "thing or event" you have missed in order to watch a WVU game?

I missed the 40th birthday party of a good friend to go to the Big 12 Basketball Tournament in Kansas City and it was well worth it! Luckily, as with most my friends, she knows of my devotion to WVU and completely understood. I am dedicated to WVU and our fan base in Charleston SC. Therefore going to game watches and events are a top priority for me so, yes, there are many things that I miss out on. My house is little messier than it should be, I haven’t dedicated any training for the Charleston ½ Marathon, and may have been unable to attend a baby-shower or two, but all-in-all, life is about choices and I don’t think I have missed out on anything by choosing to support and cheer on the Mountaineers!