Local students nominated to service academies

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., this week announces nominations to service academies for three local students.

The students are among 45 West Virginia high schoolers nominated by the senator.

Named for nomination were Devan Mynes, of Oak Glen High School; Stephen White of Weir High School; and Travis Brown, of Weirton Madonna High School.

Mynes and White have been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, while Brown has been nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.

Noting West Virginia’s history of residents serving in the military, Manchin said he was proud of the students’ commitment to serve.

“These bright, young leaders have worked hard in the classroom and in the community to earn these nominations, and it is with great honor that I recommend their talents,” Manchin stated. “I am confident that they will make our state proud and I wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

The nation’s other service academies include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

Final admission is determined by the respective academy.