November 14, 2018


Recommends 38 students from 18 counties

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that he will nominate 38 West Virginia students from 18 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 38 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: Berkeley, Cabell, Fayette, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Mason, Marion, Mercer, Monongalia, Nicholas, Ohio, Putnam, Raleigh, Wayne 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

Margaret Warner                    University High School, Monongalia County

Michael Smith                        Woodrow Wilson High School, Raleigh County

Noah Hobson                          Martinsburg High School, Berkeley County

Hank Herald                           Morgantown High School, Monongalia County

Katherene Welsh                    Munich International School, Home of Record: Marshall County

Jonathan Smith                       Buffalo High School, Putnam County

Daelen Boggs                          Sissonville High School, Kanawha County

Joseph Wilkins                       Moorefield High School, Hardy County

David Middleton                    Fork Union Military Academy, Home of Record: Wood County

Joseph Pinter                           Princeton High School, Mercer County

Military Academy at West Point

Mitchell Miller                       Wood County Christian School, Wood County

Miles Kominsky                     Blacksburg High School, Home of Record: Raleigh County

Lilah Kimble                          Bridgeport High School, Harrison County

Katelyn Richardson                Pikeview High School, Mercer County

Cameron Patterson                 Marion Military Institute, Home of Record: Putnam County

Nicolas Morel                         Hedgesville High School, Berkeley County

Jordon Nibert                          Naval Academy Preparatory School, Fayette County

Justus Burton                          Martinsburg High School, Berkeley County

Victoria Carson                       Koble Academy, Nicholas County

Stephen Snyder                       The Linsly School, Ohio County

Naval Academy 

Thomas Martineau                  Martineau Academy of Grace, Jefferson County

Cole Stover                             Hurricane High School, Putman County

Michael Henriquez                 Jefferson High School, Jefferson County

Taylor Swiger                         Hedgesville High School, Berkeley County

Trey Toland                            Fairmont State University, Marion County

Evan Spradling                       South Charleston High School, Kanawha County

Tanner Myers                          Princeton High School, Mercer County

Alex Inman                             Spring Mills High School, Berkeley County

Braeden Pauley                       University High School, Monongalia County

Lexi Summers                         Parkersburg High School, Wood County

Merchant Marine Academy

Collin Dodgion                       Grace Christian School, Cabell County

Kellie Fisher                           Jefferson High School, Jefferson County

Nicholas DeFazio                   Wheeling Park High School, Ohio County

Spencer Monteville                Spring Valley High School, Wayne County

Blayne Butler                          Point Pleasant High School, Mason County

Colton Clark                           Ravenswood High School, Jackson County

Cory Daly                               Jefferson High School, Jefferson County

Owen Gainer                           Central Catholic High School, Ohio County