12 Aggies to be Chosen for War Hymn Monument

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY Texas A&M is looking for 12 students to model for a new statue that will go outside of the renovated Kyle Field.

The statue will be called the War Hymn Monument. A&M officials expect it to go in front of the student section on the east side of Kyle Field.

Students who were interested in modeling for the statue had to apply online by noon Tuesday. Only students currently enrolled at Texas A&M are eligible to participate.

"After the first day, we had 300 people, so we decided we better slow down a little bit on the marketing campaign," said Tom Reber, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Texas A&M.

Students interested in dropping their names in the pool had to write a short essay and submit a picture.

"I represent the 12th Man, because I love A&M and all of the traditions it stands for," said Kyle Chism, an incoming freshman at A&M.

A&M officials say 2,220 students applied for the 12 spots. A panel of judges will make recommendations by Friday, then Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin is expected to make the final call by early next week.

"Possible clothes they wore will be used, but it's not supposed to be an individual likeness of a student. The statue really represents the entire 12th Man," said Reber.

Reber says A&M hasn't picked an artist for the project yet. However, if all goes well, the statue is expected to be in place by the start if the 2014 football season.

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