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Locals nominated to service academies

December 16, 2013
From staff reports , Weirton Daily Times

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three local students are among 13 being nominated by U.S. Rep. David McKinley for acceptance into U.S. service academies.

McKinley, R-Wheeling, has nominated 13 West Virginia students to United States service academies including the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S Military Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy. Congressional nomination is the first step in a process toward appointment to a military academy.

"These thirteen students exemplify the best our state has to offer," said McKinley. "Because of their hard work and commitment, they have earned this distinction. They have shown what type of leaders they will become. West Virginia continues to produce the next generation of leaders."

Nominations were based on the students' academic performance, extracurricular activities and personal recommendations.

The local students include:

Travis Brown, of Wellsburg and a student at Weirton Madonna High School. Brown has a grade point average of 3.8, was nominated to Boys State his senior year and is a member of the National Honor Society. He was named First Team Mason Dixon Conference in football and was twice-named defensive player of the week. He is also a National Mathematics and All-American Scholar awards winner. He has been nominated to U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Naval Academy.

Devan Mynes, of New Cumberland, attends Oak Glen High School. She has a GPA of 3.74 and plans to major in mechanical engineering. Mynes received the President's award for Educational Excellence and was named as a 2013 Governor's Honors Academy Scholar. She is also a member of the cross country, track and soccer teams. She is a brown belt in Tang Soo Do. Mynes has been nominated to U.S. Military Academy at West Point and U.S. Naval Academy.

Stephen White, of Weirton, attends Weirton Madonna High school and has a 4.0 GPA. White attended Boys State, is a member of the National Honor Society and is an Eagle Scout. With plans on majoring in engineering, he finished 10th nationally in the West Point Bridge Design Contest at the West Point Academy. As the team captain, his Academic Games Group took home a national championship this year. White is also a member of the football and tennis teams. He has been nominated to U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force.

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