January 19, 2015

Manchin Invites Naval Academy Nominee as Guest to State of the Union Address

Senator Manchin is honored to have Ripley High School student, Trevor Tucker, join him for the State of the Union address

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced today that he is honored to invite Trevor Tucker, a senior at Ripley High School as his guest for the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening at the U.S. Capitol. Senator Manchin was proud to nominate Trevor to the U.S. Naval Academy in December. Trevor has since been accepted to the Naval Academy and will be appointed for the 2015-2016 year.

“Trevor is a proud West Virginian, a devoted American, and a hardworking and disciplined individual whose strong character and leadership qualities have earned him an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy,” Senator Manchin said. “It is with great honor that I have invited him to join me for the State of the Union address. His many accomplishments in the classroom, on the ball field and in his community, along with his passion and commitment to carrying on our state’s tradition of service, has made our entire state proud. I have no doubt that he will serve our nation with the utmost honor and loyalty, and that is why I am so thrilled to have Trevor represent West Virginia as my guest.”

“We are very proud that a student from Ripley will have the privilege to join Senator Manchin for the State of the Union address,” said Mayor Carolyn Rader, Mayor of Ripley. “Trevor is an outstanding young man and he has certainly made Ripley proud. On behalf of the entire Ripley community, I would like to congratulate Trevor on this incredible achievement and opportunity that will stay with him throughout his entire life.”

Trevor has demonstrated his commitment to character and leadership through his academics, athletics and community service.  He is ranked second in his class of 224 students, maintaining a 4.1 grade point average. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, the History Club, the Collegiate Athletic Club and he is a member of the honorary mathematics fraternity, Mu Alpha Theta. He is captain of both the Varsity Football and Varsity Baseball teams, and he was selected as the Metro News/AARP Scholar Athlete of the Week. He was selected as the 2012 Student of the Year for Theater and the Most Outstanding Drafting Student.  He also received the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2011.  Additionally, Trevor has completed the American Legion West Virginia Boys State Program, the United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar and the Jackson County Youth Leadership Academy. He is an active member of his church, Calvary United Methodist, and has served over 195 hours of community service during his high school education.

Trevor is the son of Terry and Rebecca Tucker of Ripley. His brother, Nathan Tucker, is currently a cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.