November 08, 2017


Recommends 40 students from 22 counties

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that he will nominate 40 West Virginia students from 22 counties to the U.S. Service Academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point.

“It is such an honor to recommend 40 of West Virginia’s brightest young men and women to the U.S. service academies,” Senator Manchin said. “All of our students worked hard to earn these nominations and are determined to serve our country. Many are also striving to carry on their families’ proud military heritage. Today, I join all West Virginians in congratulating these hardworking and committed students, because a nomination to one of our elite service academies will develop these young men and women to become our next generation of military leaders.”

The students are from the following counties:  Boone, Berkeley, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Logan, Marion, Mercer, Monongalia, Nicholas, Ohio, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Taylor, Wirt and Wood.

Senator Manchin is recommending the following students to the service academies. Students have the opportunity to accept Senator Manchin’s recommendation and final admission is determined by the respective academy.

Air Force Academy

Stephanie Adkison-Sacra        Robert C. Byrd High School, Harrison County

Logan Cook                           Shady Springs High School,

Jocelynn Cooper                    Sherman High School, Boone County

Rebecca Koscis                      North Marion High School, Marion County

Dominic Lough                      Grafton High School, Taylor County

Rocky Pallotta                       University High School, Monongalia County

Andrew J. Panzarella             USAFA Prep, Home of record: Jefferson C0unty

Bryce Turney                        Jefferson High School, Jefferson County

Zachary Tysor                       Elkins High School, Randolph County

Cameron Zobrist                   Greenbrier East High School, Greenbrier County      


Military Academy at West Point

Victoria Carson                       Homeschooled, Home of Record: Nicholas County

Derek Dearth                          Wheeling Central High School, Ohio County

Holly Edwards                        Teays Valley Christian School, Putnam County

Ethan Gottlieb                         Jefferson High School, Jefferson County

Michael Hall                           Wheeling Central High School, Ohio County

Matthew Martin                      Riverside High School, Kanawha County

Jordon Nibert                          Fayetteville High School, Fayette County

Cameron Patterson                 Hurricane High School, Putnam County

Keith Skaggs                           Grafton High School, Taylor County

Vaughn Thacker                     Princeton High School, Mercer County


Naval Academy 

Liam Bailey                            Hurricane High School, Putnam County

Jackson Crouse                       Jefferson High School, Jefferson County

Tanner Harris                          Independence High School, Fayette County

Alex Inman                             Springs Mills High School, Berkeley County

Josephine Laing                      Wheeling Park High School, Ohio County

Sean Martineau                       Homeschooled, Home of Record: Jefferson County

Katie Payne                             Clay County High School, Clay County

Jack Stryker                            Wheeling Central High School, Ohio County

Trey Toland                            North Marion High School, Marion County

George Triplett                       Elkins High School, Randolph County


Merchant Marine Academy

Drew A. Adams                      Marshall University, Wirt County

Trenton Begley                       Liberty High School, Raleigh County

Addison Deviese                     George Washington High School, Jackson County

James Ellis                              Chapmanville Regional High School, Logan County

Aaron C. Flowers                    WVU University, Monongalia County

Cameron Kellar                      Trinity Christian School, Monongalia County

Quentein Lavalle                     USNA Prep, Home of Record: Jefferson County

Caleb Stutzman                      Spring Mils High School, Berkeley County

Isaac Waters                           Parkersburg High School, Wood County

Sada Wright                            Gilmer County High School, Gilmer County