Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced today that he will nominate 36 West Virginia students from 15 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. This year, Senator Manchin is providing letters of recommendation to students who are seeking Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships.
“West Virginians have a long legacy of bravely serving our country. It is my highest honor to recommend 36 of West Virginia’s finest young men and women to attend the U.S. Service Academies. After careful consideration, I am proud to recommend these young West Virginians who have demonstrated hard work and dedication to our great nation. I encourage all West Virginians to join me in congratulating these impressive students who are the future of West Virginia and the entire United States,” said Senator Manchin.
The students are from the following 15 counties: Berkeley, Cabell, Greenbrier, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Mercer, Monongalia, Preston, Putnam, Randolph, Taylor and Wetzel.
Senator Manchin is recommending the following students, in alphabetical order, to the Service Academies. Final admission to the Service Academies is determined by the respective Academy. Students who are offered admission will be announced individually in the coming months.

United States Military Academy at West Point
Dustin Brewster, Princeton Senior High School
Samuel Butler, Musselman High School
Tristan Deeds, Greenbrier East High School
William Farkas, Preston High School
Griffin Horowicz, Jefferson High School
William Pitkin, Cabell Midland High School
Gentry Porter, Cabell County, Arrows Academy
Hudson Raymo, George Washington High School
Henry Shriver, University High School
Lily Turner, Herbert Hoover High School   

United States Air Force Academy
Hietam Belhachmi, Spring Mills High School
Carter Cochran, Ripley High School
Liam Cochran, Fairmont Senior High School
Keegan Elliott, Mercer County, Active Duty Military Student
David Foglesong, Jefferson High School
Andrew Heil, Magnolia High School
Tate Jordan, Bridgeport High School
Jacob Lee, Cabell Midland High School
Savana Pringle, Charleston Catholic High School
Blaise Schray, Huntington High School

United States Naval Academy
Lucas Anger, Elkins High School
Austin Davies, Sherman High School
Jackson Fetty, Cabell Midland High School
Jaxon Fielding, Morgantown High School
Emily Goldcamp, Morgantown High School
Nicholas Lanham, Winfield High School
Grace Mason, Teays Valley Christian School
Tyler Meisenzahl, Washington High School
Thomas Pauley, St. Albans High School
Bella Ray, Martinsburg High School
United States Merchant Marine Academy
Francesca Domenico, Air Force Academy Prep School
Elle Greco, West Virginia University
John Hall, Norwich University Military School
Evan Large, University High School
Nicholas Shirley, West Virginia University
Samuel Vance, Marshall University


My staff read a greeting and took part in the ribbon-cutting for the new Gumbo Stop and Creole restaurant in Heritage Station in beautiful downtown Huntington.


My staff joined Charleston’s West Side community in celebrating the grand opening of Bowls and Spoons, West Virginia’s first cereal bar. I truly appreciate Andrew and Heather Palmer for working hard to make their dream a reality. I worked in small business all my life, and can attest that there is no more challenging or rewarding endeavor. I wish them the best of luck on what is sure to be a bright future!


My staff had the pleasure of joining local elected officials and Mary C. Snow Elementary School in celebrating the arrival of their new, state-of-the-art electric school bus. I appreciate Thomas Built Buses for making this initiative possible and for being committed to making their buses as safe as possible. When it comes to school buses and transporting our children, safety is the top priority. Thomas Built buses have a legacy of cutting-edge efficiency and demonstrate a commitment to the environment, their customers, drivers and passengers.


My staff joined in the celebration at the Festival of Lights kickoff at Oglebay Park.



Julie of Cabell County contacted U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s office requesting assistance with her passport application. Julie had contacted the Senator’s Office a month before her trip requesting assistance with receiving an update on her expedited passport application. Senator Manchin submitted an inquiry to the Passport Processing Center in New Orleans to notify them of the upcoming travel date. With Senator Manchin’s inquiry Julie received her passport before her trip and was able to enjoy her vacation.

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Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $24,656 from the American Rescue Plan to West Virginia Mine Wars Museum in Matewan. The funding is allocated through the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) and will support the museum as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The American Rescue Plan continues to be a lifeline for many museums struggling to keep their doors open and serve their community due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding from the American Rescue Plan is great news for our entire state because the museum documents an important piece of West Virginia history while providing educational and cultural opportunities to West Virginians and tourists visiting the Mountain State. I will continue to advocate for funding to help museums and other West Virginia organizations succeed as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senator Manchin.


Senator Manchin's state offices are accepting internship applications for Spring 2022. Click here or the image below to learn more and to fill out the online application.