WVU Mountaineer Visits Franklin Elementary

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Grab your powder horn!

One of America's most well known college mascots makes a stop in Parkersburg Monday.

The West Virginia University Mountaineer spoke to students at Franklin Elementary School.

The Mountaineer brought a little "spirit" to pre-k through 5th grade classrooms, ahead of statewide testing kicking off this week.

He took questions and showed-off his legendary accessories like the coonskin hat and powder horn.

As the mascot, Michael Garcia says he's more than just a cheerleader, he's an "ambassador" for the mountain state.

"I try everyday to do my best to be that mountaineer for everybody to see. And if that's what I can do, if I can give some motivation for testing, than that's worthwhile to me," said Michael Garcia.

Garcia is a junior political science major at WVU. He's a Fairmont native, but his parents relocated to Williamstown after he graduated high school. Garcia's mom now teaches at Franklin.