Capito nominates two Putnam students to US service academies

December 5, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) has nominated two Putnam County students to U.S. Service Academies.

She has nominated Cameron Lee Patterson Putnam County to the U.S. Military Academy, and Austin Cole Stover of Putnam County to the U.S. Naval Academy, according to a news release from Capito’s office.

Patterson and Stover are among 31 high school seniors from 20 counties in West Virginia who were nominated to service academies by Capito. A board chosen by Capito reviewed each nominee’s application, interviewed candidates, and made recommendations.

“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,” Capito said in a news release. “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.”

Here is the complete list of Capito’s service academy nominees:

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 Andr 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 Andr 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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