January 07, 2014

Manchin Announces Service Academy Nominations

Recommends 45 students from 18 counties

Charleston, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he will nominate 45 West Virginia students to the U.S. service academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point.

“West Virginia has built a reputation of service and sacrifice, and I am extremely proud of these students for their commitment to carrying on our state’s proud tradition. These bright, young leaders have worked hard in the classroom and in the community to earn these nominations, and it is with great honor that I recommend their talents to the U.S. service academies. I am confident that these young men and women will make our state proud and I wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

The students are from the following counties: Berkeley, Brooke, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Ohio, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Wood and Wyoming.

Senator Manchin is recommending the following students to the service academies. Final admission is determined by the respective academy.

Air Force Academy

Danny Arndt, Musselman High School

Alex Baumgartner, Parkersburg High School

Sterling Fitzwater, New Mexico Military Institute (from Fairmont, WV)

Elizabeth Gramling, Woodrow Wilson High School

Stephen Hott, East Hardy High School

Emma Lindberg, Jefferson High School

Andrew Milliron, Jefferson High School

Simon Sneeringer, Winfield High School

Erik Socks, Hedgesville High School

Anya Wallace, Jefferson High School

Military Academy at West Point

Jessica Ballard, Jefferson High School

Cayla Collett, Elkins High School

Jim Doukas, Bridgeport High School

Emma Hanna, George Washington High School

Leo Kullman, Moffatt County High School (mother stationed in Colorado), from Clarksburg, WV

Katie Martin, Washington High School

Devan Mynes, Oak Glen High School

Keegan Patrick, Winfield High School

Daniel Updegraff, Preston County High School

Stephen White, Weir High School

Naval Academy

John Bolton, Parkersburg High School

Adam Church, Hedgesville High School

Casey Densmore, Musselman High School

Adam Huffman, George Washington High School

Preston Jones, James Monroe High School

Chris Kay, George Washington High School

Tyler Kenney, Elkins High School

James Lagos-Antonakos, Shady Spring High School

Joey Lupardus, Wyoming East High School

Ian MacLeod, Washington High School

Luke Miller, The Linsly School

Austin Odgen, Jefferson High School

Jacob Payne, Poca High School

Alex Reiser, Musselman High School

Marshall Sharp, Capital High School

Dustin Smith, Home School, (from Kearneysville, WV)

Nathan Tucker, Ripley High School

Gearick Watt, Williamstown High School

Forrest Welsh, Old Dominion University (from Glen Dale, WV)

Mason Winkie, Wesleyan College (from Bridgeport, WV)

Merchant Marine Academy

Zach Abbott, Bridgeport High School

Travis Brown, Madonna High School

Jacob Matthews, Buffalo High School

Josh Miller, Marshall University

Abe Strickler, Heritage Academy