Ellis Yirenkyi Roper
“Places everyone. Two minutes until halftime.”
Imagine hearing these words as you are standing on the sidelines of a Mountaineer football game waiting to hear who will become the 2014-2015 Mr. And Ms. Mountaineer.
Ellis Yirenkyi Roper had the honor of standing on the field among others who were hopeful contenders for the title Mr. And Ms. Mountaineer.
When applications for the honor went out, Roper was not expecting to make it to the next round.
“It was mind blowing to even hear I was a finalist,” he said.
“When you are in a college town of mostly white students, it can be hard to find your place, and to be motivated to want to do activities that bring attention to you because so many people look down upon it. Roper said, “People told me that I had no chance at winning the title of Mr. Mountaineer because of what I looked like.”
The day was upon him, tailgating, friends and football. For Roper it entailed dressing to the nines and walking onto Mountaineer field to have a once in a lifetime experience. “It was mind boggling and a heart dropping experience”, he explained.
The several thousand people in the stands that day were silent, and all attention was on the hopeful finalists. The time had come, and all of a sudden the announcer exclaimed that Ellis Yirenkyi Roper was the 2014-2015 Mr. Mountaineer.