WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has announced 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,” 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 from Harrison, Marion and Monongalia counties are as follows:

• Air Force Academy: Dominic Raymond, Trinity Christian High School; Isaac Childers, Fairmont Senior High School.

• Military Academy at West Point: Jacob Morgan, Grafton High School.

• Naval Academy: Mitchell Winkie, Bridgeport High School; Garret Wilkins, South Harrison High School.

• Merchant Marine Academy: Shandy Kuzava, Liberty High School.

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

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