WASHINGTON, DC —  Among the 35 students statewide nominated for US Service Academies, six are from the Eastern Panhandle.

US Senator Joe Manchin revealed the nominations Thursday.  Students from 22 counties are among those 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.

“West Virginia has built a reputation of service and sacrifice, and I truly believe we are the most patriotic state in the nation,” Senator Manchin said. “I’m honored to nominate these 35 bright young men and women who feel a calling to serve our country, and I’m confident our service academies will develop them into our next generation of military leaders. Today, I join all West Virginians in congratulating these hardworking and committed students for their nominations.”

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

To the Military Academy at West Point:

William Swann, Spring Mills High School

To the Naval Academy:

Emily Alawadi,  Charles Town

Violet Colon, (Home School) Charles Town*

Chase Davis, Washington High School

Trevor Donley, Jefferson High School*

Samuel Struthers, Jefferson High School

To The Merchant Marine Academy:

Violet Colon, (Home School) Charles Town *

Trevor Donley, Jefferson High School*

The * indicates the student received multiple nominations to different academies that they applied for.

The nominated students are from Berkeley, Cabell, Fayette, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Mercer, Monongalia, Monroe, Ohio, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Taylor, Wayne and Wood.