For Sarah Beth Yoder, being nominated for West Virginia University's Ms. Mountaineer award is "icing on the the cake" for a great last year of school.
Yoder, a WVU student, Moundsville native and graduate of Wheeling Park High School, is one of 10 students nominated for WVU's Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer, a title that honors graduating seniors who have shown exemplary work in academics and extracurricular activities.
Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer will be announced Saturday at the WVU vs. TCU football game at Milan Puskar Stadium.
"It's an honor to be singled out for the finals. I'm so excited - it really shows that hard work can pay off. The school gives me so many ways to prepare for a future career," Yoder said. "We have a lot of people that are high achieving here, and they deserve to be recognized for it."
Yoder is pursuing a dual master's degree in both law and business at West Virginia University. She has received CALI Awards in business organizations, securities regulation and business transactions drafting, is a member of Mountain Honorary, was a member of the WVU women's jazz choir and is a student attorney representing West Virginia businesses for the WVU College of Law Entrepreneurship Law Clinic.
In addition, Yoder is passionate about dogs and is a member of WVU's Animal Law Society, a student organization promoting knowledge of animal law and welfare through fundraising and awareness. Yoder also said she spent last summer helping NIOSH Project ROVER and Hearts of Gold Service Dogs.
Yoder said she is honored to be included in a group of deserving candidates for the title of Ms. Mountaineer.
"It is all people who feel passionately about WVU and the state and what it can do for us - I think that's what we all have in common," Yoder said.
Yoder will finish her law degree in December and will still be attending business classes until May. She said she is leaning toward pursuing a career in business law after graduation.
"I'm casting a wide net and I'm hoping my law and business degree will open up a wide variety of opportunities," Yoder said. "It's very demanding at times, but it's worth it and it's been nice because I have been able to pursue what I like."