Trevor Kiess, from Elkins, will graduate with an accounting degree and a minor in pre-law and legal studies. He is the director of community service for the Mountaineer Maniacs, a member of Mountain Honorary, Mortar Board Senior Honorary, and has held several leadership positions in the Student Government Association.
He has recently been named the 2018-19 Mountaineer Mascot, and from 2017-18, he served as the alternate Mascot, appearing at nearly 100 athletic events and functions.
During his time on campus, Kiess has also been involved in several community service projects, including numerous hours assisting in the flood-ravaged areas of West Virginia. He has served as a student-athlete tutor, Big 12 student delegate, and has been a staunch advocate for a better student experience at WVU.
Kiess has spent two summers working as an intern; in 2016, he worked as a student intern with the Office of the U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III in Washington, D.C.; and in 2017, he returned to D.C. to work as an audit intern at KPMG LLP, the fourth largest accounting firm in the United States.
Most recently, he has served as an accounting intern for the WVU Foundation and a farm assistant with Cheat Riverbend Farms, Inc. in Parsons, and last fall he worked as an accounting intern for the West Virginia Black Bears.
His most rewarding academic experiences is his senior capstone course when he compiled a report on how areas in the West Virginia Forward report, specifically the health sciences industry, can become an economic driver for the economy of West Virginia. Kiess reports this experience parallels with his post-graduation plans to work to advance West Virginia’s economic future.
Kiess is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honorary, a 2017 Mr. Mountaineer finalist, recipient of the PROMISE Scholarship, and will graduate as an Honors College Presidential Scholar with Summa Cum Laude honors.
Upon graduation, Kiess will pursue a master’s degree in business administration from the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics while fulfilling his role as WVU’s 65th Mountaineer Mascot.