Students from across Southern WV nominated for service academies

A dozen high school seniors from southern West Virginia are nominated to attend U.S. service academies.  The appointments come from U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV). 

"I am honored to nominate 12 West Virginia students to our service academies, and I know each and every one of these students will serve our country honorable," said Congressman Jenkins. "West Virginians have always answered the call to defend our nation, and I am confident that these students represent West Virginia's best and brightest.   I am proud to nominate these responsible and accomplished students, and I thank them for their willingness to serve." 

Here is a complete list of the nominees by county:

Boone County

Jocelynn Cooper, 17


Parent: Nova Jo Cooper

Senior at Sherman High School 

Nominated: U.S. Air Force Academy   


Fayette County

Jordan Nibert, 18


Parents: Jerry and Susannah Nibert

Senior at Fayetteville High School

Nominated: U.S. Military Academy


Thomas Daniel Ingram, 22

Oak Hill

Parents: Thomas Ingram and Christy Ingram

Graduate of Oak Hill High School 

Nominated: U.S. Air Force Academy  

Greenbrier County

Cameron Zobrist, 18


Parents: Duane and Darlene Zobrist 

Senior at Greenbrier East High School

Nominated: U.S. Air Force Academy 


Logan County

James Jeffery Ellis, 17


Parents: Jeff and Kathy Ellis

Senior at Chapmanville Regional High School

Nominated: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy 


Mason County 

Aislyn M. Hayman, 18


Parents: William and Margaret Hayman

Graduate of Point Pleasant High School and a freshman at Marshall University 

Nominated: U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy 


Mercer County

Vaughn Thacker, 18


Parents: Bill and Bonnie Campbell 

Senior at Princeton Senior High School 

Nominated: U.S. Military Academy 


Nicholas County 

Victoria Carson, 18


Parents: William and Lauren Carson 

Homeschooled at Kolbe Academy Homeschool

Nominated: U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy 


Raleigh County

Trenton Begley, 18


Parents: Christopher and Katessa Begley  

Senior at Liberty High School 

Nominated: U.S. Naval Academy


Logan Cook, 17

Shady Spring

Parents: Gregory J. Cook and Heather N. Cook 

Senior at Shady Spring High School 

Nominated: U.S. Air Force Academy


Andrew James Milam, 17


Parent: Rhonda Faye Milam

Senior at Liberty High School

Nominated: U.S. Naval Academy


Summers County

Christian N. Lilly, 18


Parents: Eddie and Jill Lilly

Senior at Summers County High School

Nominated: U.S. Naval Academy 

A congressional nomination is required to apply to any of the institutions, but does not guarantee admission. Students will be notified individually if they are granted admission.

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