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Manchin speaks with schools about service academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., hosted a video call with West Virginia students to encourage them to apply to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy and answer student questions about the application process.

Students interested in applying to a U.S. Service Academy can submit an application to Manchin’s office by Oct.1.

“I’ve always said West Virginia is one of the most patriotic states in the nation and we have a long history of West Virginians selflessly serving our country,” Manchin said. “I was honored to speak with so many West Virginia students today about the wonderful opportunities at a U.S. Service Academy.

“These students are the future of West Virginia, and I applaud their interest in serving our country. Students interested in applying can reach out to my office with any questions or for help submitting their application by Oct. 1,” he said.

“The U.S. Service Academies offer a unique and rewarding opportunity to earn a world-class education and the honor of serving our country,” said State Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch. “West Virginia’s dedication to military service is second-to-none and represents the crossroads where Mountaineer spirit intersects with American pride.

“I thank Sen. Manchin for bringing greater attention to the Academies by offering these informational calls. Our students are among the most dedicated and talented in the country, and taking their first steps into their bright futures via the U.S. Service Academies would serve them well.”

Ben LeBrun, Nominations and Appointments, U.S. Naval Academy, said, “I appreciate Sen. Manchin’s office for giving us this opportunity! My hope is that this program will stoke West Virginian students’ interest in attending the United States Naval Academy and encourage them to explore all the great programs we have on offer!

“There is a lot of great information included in ‘Academy Connections’, but there is also plenty more to learn. We are always available to help students who are determined to attend USNA or who would just like to know more! Please feel free to reach out to us at Usna.edu/Admissions/Connect. You can also check out our Social media pages on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.”

Lt. Dorlin Wheeler, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, said, “The Merchant Marine Academy welcomes any opportunity to gain exposure to the students of West Virginia and appreciate Sen Manchin’s efforts in that regard.”

“I believe this program is very beneficial. This event provides good insight that can hopefully spark an interest in young students. Not only that, it’s gives students sufficient information and guides them through next steps if they’d like to pursue one of the academies,” said 2nd Lt. Lynee Jad, U.S. Air Force Academy.

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