Rahall Announces Service Academy Nominations

HNN Staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) announced today his 2011 nominations for appointment to the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, and United States Merchant Marine Academy.

“I am so proud of the young West Virginians who apply to our nation’s service academies each year,” said Rahall.  “This year – just as in past years – I have nominated exceptional young men and women of strong character who have demonstrated their tremendous potential to succeed academically and to serve our country.”

A Congressional nomination is the first step in a two-step process for candidates pursuing appointment to the military academy of their choice. Candidates who are nominated by Members of Congress must then be selected for appointment by the service academy for the ensuing academic year.

Andrew Bishop of Brenton, a student at Wyoming High School in New Richmond, was nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Jess Phillips of Alderson, a student at Greenbrier East High School, and Kamen Rappold of Huntington, a student at Huntington High School, were nominated to the U.S. Military Academy.

Rahall nominated eight West Virginia students to the U.S. Naval Academy:  Sara Sang of Huntington, a student at St. Joseph Catholic High School; Robert Striker of Hinton, a student at Oak Hill High School; Anthony Juker of Lewisburg, a student at the Naval Academy Preparatory School; Mark Phinisey of Fayetteville, a student at Woodrow Wilson High School; Michael Burton of Mt. Hope, a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, who is currently attending Mountain State University; Rachel Carson of Summersville, who is homeschooled through the Kolbe  Academy; Erik Avis of Mt. Hope, a student at Mt. Vernon High School near Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where his father is stationed in the military; and Levi Beckett of Princeton, a student at Bluefield High School.

Rahall nominated six West Virginia students to the U.S. Air Force Academy: Ryan Kissinger of Beckley, a student at Woodrow Wilson High School; Jacob Bailey of Summersville, a student at Lakenheath High School in the United Kingdom where his father is stationed in the military; Suzanne Blair of Huntington, a graduate of St. Joseph Central Catholic High School, who is currently attending the University of Portland; Evan “Hollin” Jenkins, Jr., of Huntington, a student at Huntington High School; Brian Kruchkow of Beckley, who is a home-schooled graduate of Lighthouse Christian Academy; and Andrew Dycus of Beckley, a student at Woodrow Wilson High School.

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