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 Two Musket Salute To WVU At The State Capitol

2/23/2010

    Charleston, W.Va. -- The only two women to serve as the West Virginia University mascot met again at the State Capitol Tuesday, just enough time to snap a few pictures and make a whole lot of noise.
    

Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant and
Mountaineer Rebecca Durst compare muskets
Tuesday at the State Capitol.

    Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who served as the first female WVU mascot in 1990, joined current Mountaineer Rebecca Durst on the steps of the State Capitol to fire a two-musket salute to West Virginia University.
    
    Capitol Police first had to give the go-ahead.
    
    WVU President James Clements joined the two Mountaineers to lead the "Let's Go Mountaineers" cheer before they fired their muskets. Durst said she loaded her musket with about the same amount of powder she uses for a home football game.
    
    Tennant keeps a replica of the musket she used during her Mountaineer days above her desk at the Capitol. She takes it out to show visitors but hadn't fired a musket in more than a year.
    
    Durst was in Charleston for WVU Day at the Legislature. People could also learn more about programs at WVU by visiting the booths set up outside the House and Senate Chambers.
    
    Tennant and Durst have developed a close friendship since Durst was named Mountaineer last spring. The two talk regularly on the telephone and often see each other at events, fairs, and festivals.

Contact:

Jake Glance
(304) 558-6000
jglance@wvsos.com