December 22, 2014

Manchin Announces Service Academy Nominations

Recommends 36 students from 17 counties

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he will nominate 36 West Virginia students from 17 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 a great privilege to recommend 36 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 dedicated 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, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Mineral, Monongalia, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Taylor and Wood.

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

Air Force Academy

Mara Brown, Seoul Korea, from Raleigh County

Dominic Raymond, Trinity Christian High School

Isaac Childers, Fairmont High School

Grace Skidmore, Braxton County High School

Emma Lindberg, Wentworth Military Prep School, from Jefferson County

Simon Sneeringer, Northwestern Prep School, from Putnam County

Chase Loving, Woodrow Wilson High School

Nic Cheuvront, Parkersburg High School

Alex Baumgartner, West Virginia University Parkersburg, from Wood County

Jacob Hanni, Teays Valley Christian High School

Military Academy at West Point

Hunter Hill, Parkersburg High School

Gabby Lovell, Jefferson High School

Sam Brown, Basic Training, from Clay County

Cody Bailey, Ripley High School

Jacob Morgan, Grafton High School

Teran Barnitz, Virginia Tech, from Cabell County

Nicole Hess, Germany, from Berkeley County

Ryan Hayes, George Washington High School

Grant Lares, George Washington High School

Jake Matthews, Basic Training, from Putnam County

Naval Academy

Mitchell Winkie, Bridgeport High School

Ellie McClung, Sissonville High School

Trevor Tucker, Ripley High School

Chad Hollandsworth, George Washington High School

Connor Jelich, Ravenswood High School

Brady Watson, Frankfort High School,

Arianna Crawford, Nicholas County High School

Sean Timberlake, Shepherd University, from Jefferson County

Garret Wilkins, South Harrison High School

Jack Terosky, Parkersburg High School

Merchant Marine Academy

Hannah Hill, Parkersburg High School

Justin McKown, Ripley High School

Cary Robertson, Pocahontas County High School

Shandy Kuzava, Liberty High School

Sallie Samolitis, Parkersburg High School

Bryce Humphreys, Winfield High School