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Ready Player One

When Noah Johnson is fully “locked in,” very few people in the competitive gaming world can touch him. “Locked in” — his phrase — is a hyper mind for the first-year economics student at West Virginia University. A native of Baltimore, Md., Noah is WVU’s inaugural official esports player who also happens to be one of the best Madden NFL players in the world.

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statue looking down
statue looking down
soccer player
women running track
women's team, two coaches, volleyball
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young woman in mask attaches paper to bulletin board
post-it notes
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blue post-it note on wall
A photo of the mountaineer mascot in 1971 merged with the mountaineer mascot today.
A photo of the mountaineer mascot in 1971 merged with the mountaineer mascot today.
A photo of the mountaineer mascot in 1971 merged with the mountaineer mascot today.
Protesters march in Morgantown holding signs after the George Floyd killing in 2020.
Protesters march in Morgantown holding signs after the George Floyd killing in 2020.
Protesters march in Morgantown holding signs after the George Floyd killing in 2020.
Bill Fahey, the Mountaineer Mascot in 1933, holds a rifle with the butt against the ground and is dressed in boots, pants, a flannel shirt and a pelt vest and wears a cap as he stands on old Mountaineer Field with a few people scattered in the stands.
Photo of raised stage in old Mountaineer Field with a UMWA sign and people on the platform and empty stands on the side.
A photo of old Mountaineer Field next to Woodburn Hall as seen across the river from Westover.
Jena Martin poses for a photo wearing a business suit.
Jena Martin poses for a photo wearing a business suit.
Jena Martin poses in a studio wearing a suit.
An orange puppet with yellow hair in pigtails is wearing a child's fabric mask.
An orange puppet with yellow hair in pigtails is wearing a child's fabric mask.
An orange puppet with yellow hair in pigtails is wearing a child's fabric mask.
Verena Zaisberger holds a competitive rifle in her hand while looking off frame.
Verena Zaisberger holds a competitive rifle in her hand while looking off frame.
Verena Zaisberger holds a competitive rifle in her hand while looking off frame.
Jingxin Wang standing in a brown field where trees are being grown for a biomass project.
Jingxin Wang standing in a brown field where trees are being grown for a biomass project.
Jingxin Wang stands on a brown field where trees are being grown for a biomass research project.
Graphic of a blue face mask.
Graphic of a blue face mask.
A graphic of a blue facemask
Photo of Samantha Fabian in National Guard fatigues and a face mask.
Photo of Lauren Maloney in white coat that says School of Nursing.
Red cape-like material background with the words A New Kind of Hero.
WVU women's hockey team making
WVU women's hockey team making
WVU women's club hockey team.
Image of Nolan Burch's face.
Image of Nolan Burch's face.
Image of Nolan Burch's face.
Photo of women standing on a bridge spanning a river.  The Rocky Branch Bridge crosses the South Fork of the Kentucky River and connects communities to the outside world in the event of flooding. March 9, 2017 By Nancy Andrews
Photo of women standing on a bridge spanning a river.  The Rocky Branch Bridge crosses the South Fork of the Kentucky River and connects communities to the outside world in the event of flooding. March 9, 2017 By Nancy Andrews
Photo of women standing on a bridge spanning a river.  The Rocky Branch Bridge crosses the South Fork of the Kentucky River and connects communities to the outside world in the event of flooding. March 9, 2017 By Nancy Andrews
Image of books on a shelf
Image of books on a shelf.
Image of books on a shelf.
Illustration of a mask
Illustration of a medical face mask
Illustration of a Zoom call with various images from a pizza box to sewing machine to canned goods, an admissions letter, horseshoe, mask and laptop.
Mister Rogers feeds the fish photo
Mister Rogers putting on sweater photo
Mister Rodgers with trolley photo
John Chambers Eagle's Nest
John Chambers Eagle's Nest
John Chambers Eagle's Nest
Boy Scouts on highline
Boy Scouts sing
Boy scouts sing
Tynice Martin
Tynice Martin
Tynice Martin
MIDAS Three photograph
MIDAS Three photograph
MIDAS Three photograph
Jason Horne collects readings
Jason Horne collects readings
Jason Horne collects readings
Mountaineers in Arms phone
Mountaineers in Arms social
Mountaineers in Arms
Hoskins
Hoskins
Hoskins
Checkmate
Checkmate
Checkmate