Capito Nominates 31 West Virginians for Admission to U.S. Service Academies

WEST VIRGINIA – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today announced U.S. Service Academy nominations for 31 qualified high school seniors from 20 counties in West Virginia. A board chosen by Senator Capito reviewed each nominee’s application, interviewed candidates, and made recommendations. 4 of these people are from Southern West Virginia.

“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,” 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.”

Service academy nominees are listed below:

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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