Sens. Capito, Manchin Nominate Four Local Students to Service Academies

MANCHIN

WHEELING – U.S. Sens. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have nominated several dozen state students – four from the local area – 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.

The local students are from Ohio and Marshall counties. They are Owen Gainer, Wheeling Central Catholic High School, Air Force Academy and Merchant Marine Academy; Stephen Snyder, The Linsly School, U.S. Military Academy; Nicholas DeFazio, Wheeling Park High School, Merchant Marine Academy; and Katherene Welsh, Munich International School and a Marshall County native, Air Force Academy and Naval Academy.

“Each year, I have the honor and privilege of nominating West Virginia’s best and brightest to our nation’s prestigious service academies. It is truly one of the most important responsibilities I have as a United States senator,” Capito said. “I am proud to announce this group of young men and women who are smart, talented, and driven and have worked extremely hard to get to this point. Attending a service academy provides more than just an education; it provides the foundation for a life of service and leadership. I wish each of these nominees the best of luck, and I am honored to support them throughout this process.”

“It is such an honor to recommend … West Virginia’s brightest young men and women to the U.S. service academies,” 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.”

Students have the opportunity to accept the senators’ recommendation and final admission is determined by the respective academy.

Manchin’s nominations:

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

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

Katherene Rose Welsh, Munich International School and a Marshall County native

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

Capito’s nominations:

U.S. Air Force Academy

Zeead Mohamed Belhachmi, Berkeley County

Owen Immanuel Gainer, Ohio County

Michael Alexander Henriquez (also nominated to the U.S. Military Academy), Jefferson County

Hank Zachary Herald, Monongalia County

Sophia McQuaide Parlock, Cabell County

Braeden Cole Pauley, Monongalia County

Michael Lewis Smith, Raleigh County

Emily Renee Stone, Taylor County

Margaret Claire Warner, Monongalia County

Joseph Frederick Wilkins, Hardy County

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Blayne Lee Butler, Mason County

Collin Robert Dodgion, Wayne County

Nicolas André Morel (also nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy), Berkeley County

U.S. Military Academy

Drew Alexander Adams, Wirt County

Daelen Andrew Boggs, Kanawha County

Jonathan Dwayne Cyrus, Kanawha County

Michael Alexander Henriquez (also nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy), Jefferson County

David Bradley Middleton, Wood County

Mitchell James Miller, Wood County

Cameron Lee Patterson, Putnam County

Katelyn Nicole Richardson, Mercer County

Stephen Robert Snyder, Ohio County

Payton Elizabeth Stamper, Logan County

U.S. Naval Academy

Victoria Lynn Carson, Nicholas County

James Alexander Inman, Berkeley County

Thomas Richard Martineau, Jefferson County

Nicolas André Morel (also nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy), Berkeley County

Jordon Ray Nibert, Fayette County

Evan Kelly Spradling, Kanawha County

Austin Cole Stover, Putnam County

Alexis Jane Summers, Wood County

Taylor Rose Swiger, Berkeley County

Katherene Rose Welsh, Marshall County

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