December 19, 2011

Manchin Announces Service Academy Nominations

Recommends 28 students from 15 counties

Charleston, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced today that he will nominate 28 West Virginia students to the U.S. service academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The students are from the following counties: Berkeley, Morgan, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Ohio, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Summers and Wood.

“West Virginians have always answered the call of duty, and as the next generation of leaders, these students are excellent representatives to continue our state’s long tradition of service to this great nation,” Senator Manchin said. “Each and every one of these talented students put in long hours and did the hard work to earn their nominations to the service academies, which are our finest institutions for developing the next generation of military leaders. Our selection process was extensive, from grading students’ classroom performance to leadership abilities to their work in their communities. I am confident that these young men and women will make our fellow West Virginians proud by representing our state with the utmost distinction. I wish these students the very best as they pursue their commitment to serve this great nation.”

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

Air Force Academy

Nicholas Baurer, Berkeley, Martinsburg High School

Levi Braley, Jackson, Ripley High School

Madison Hill, Wood, Brevard College, NC

Brian Kruchkow, Raleigh, Air Force Prep

Kurt Schindler, Jackson, Ravenswood High School

Robert Sellers, Ohio, Wheeling Park High School

David Wegman, Randolph, Elkins High School

Louis Yancich, Kanawha, South Charleston High School

Military Academy at West Point

John Baronner, Berkeley, Martinsburg High School

Daniel Gaston, Ritchie, Wiesbaden High School (Germany)

Madonna Gribble, Marion, Capital University

Loguen McKee, Morgan, Berkeley Springs High School

Joseph Miller, Berkeley, Musselman High School

David Osborne, Kanawha, George Washington High School

Anthony Rundle, Marion, East Fairmont High School

Andrew Scott, Jefferson, Washington High School

Blake Walker, Marion, East Fairmont High School

Caleb Walkup, Pocahontas, Pocahontas High School

Naval Academy

Savannah Chandler, Ritchie, Ritchie County High School

Jared Hanna, Kanawha, George Washington High School

Scott Hannah, Summers, Summers County High School

Addie Hernly, Harrison, Notre Dame High School

Mark Jarrett, Kanawha, George Washington High School

Colton Kiselica, Wood, Williamstown High School

Noah Moody, Kanawha, Capital High School

Christopher Paxson, Berkeley, Musselman High School

Joshua Thorne, Hardy, West Virginia University

Brady Weaver, Harrison, Bridgeport High School