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Students nominated to service academies

Dec. 24, 2012 @ 07:13 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Four area students were recently nominated by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., for appointments to the military service academies.

The nomination is the first step in the highly competitive process for receiving an appointment to one of the academies. A nomination does not guarantee appointment.

Those nominated to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) include:

Kelsie Burns, a honors student at Huntington High School. The daughter of Robert and Catherine Burns, she has a 4.4 grade point average and was twice named to the Class AAA All-State girls soccer First Team. She also is part of the Olympic Development program for women's soccer is a National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine nominee.

Nathaniel Haikal, an honors student at Huntington High School. The son of Dr. Lee and Jane Haikal, he has a 4.0 grade point average and is a three-year player on the baseball team. He also is a volunteer at his church and for the Special Olympics.

Those nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy include:

Quentin Buckley, an honors student at Poca High School. The son of Charles and Kathy Buckley of Hurricane, he has a grade point average of 3.9 and scored well on the ACT. He is a member of an award-winning robotics team, vice president of student council, a two-year West Virginia state finalist in the discus and coaches the middle school track team.

Those nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy include:

David Jonah Sneeringer, a student at Winfield High School. The son of Timothy and Denise Sneeringer of Scott Depot, he has a 3.8 grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society and a three-year member of the varsity soccer team. He also is an Eagle Scout, completing his project at CAMC's Women's and Children's Hospital.

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