CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WV News) — Twenty-one West Virginia high school seniors from 12 counties have been nominated for U.S. service academies by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

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,” Capito said. “I am proud to nominate this group of exemplary West Virginians who are smart, talented, and driven. This nomination is just the beginning for these students as they continue their education to become our next leaders. I wish each of these nominees the best of luck, and I can’t wait to see all they will go on to accomplish in the future.”

Those nominated are: 

U.S. Air Force Academy — Hietam Rayan Belhachmi, Berkeley County; Carter Dale Cochran, Jackson County; Abbie Grace Culicerto, Raleigh County; David Andrew Elliott Foglesong (also nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy), Jefferson County; Tate Walter Jordan, Harrison County; Jacob Conner Lee (also nominated to the U.S. Military Academy), Cabell County; Savana Lee Pringle, Kanawha County; Nicholas Reid Shirley, Berkeley County.

U.S. Military Academy — Tristan Thomas Deeds, Greenbrier County; William Jacob Farkas, Preston County; John William Hall, Jefferson County; Griffin Christopher Horowicz, Jefferson County; Evan William Large, Monongalia County; William Edward Pitkin, Cabell County; Hudson G. Raymo, Kanawha County; Lily Madlyn Turner (also nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy), Kanawha County.

U.S. Naval Academy — Lucas Ray Anger, Randolph County; Jaxon Paul Fielding (also nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy), Monongalia County; Nicholas Wayne Lanham (also nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy), Putnam County; Tyler Scott Meisenzahl (also nominated to the U.S. Military Academy), Jefferson County; Thomas Cooper Pauley, Kanawha County.