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Engineering and marching band: A match made in WVU

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A love of marching bands and the desire to become an engineer led Martinsburg native Jessica Hammersla to West Virginia University. As drum major, the junior is responsible for making sure the Pride of West Virginia Mountaineer Marching Band is playing in unison, something she’ll be doing during Saturday’s Homecoming game at Milan Puskar Stadium. 

About coming to WVU:

“The engineering college here is amazing and I always knew I wanted to be an engineering major, so, that was the first part of it. Secondly, I wanted to be in the Pride of West Virginia so badly and I knew I could do both of those things here. So, it was a really good way to keep my feet in both engineering and music.” 

About her college experience:

There are so many professors, advisers, and other students that want to help you when you have a problem in the Statler College.“Regardless if your questions seem way off the wall, or if you think that they wouldn’t be able to help you, there is always someone willing to help you figure out how to answer your question. I just love having that support system, it’s really nice.” — Jessica Hammersla, a junior computer engineering and mathematics double major



CONTACT: Paige Nesbit
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

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