McKinley Nominates Students to Military Academies

Washington, D.C. -Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) has nominated five students

Washington, D.C. -Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) has nominated five students from the First District to the United States service academies. Nomination by a Member of Congress is the first step in the process towards an appointment to a military academy.

“These distinguished and accomplished young West Virginians have already shown great promise in their ability to lead in service to our nation,” said McKinley.

“They represent the very best of West Virginia’s first district and have demonstrated, through their hard work in the classroom and beyond, impressive character and a steadfast commitment to pursuing a life of public service. I am proud to extend well-deserved Congressional nominations to these young people to attend our Country’s prestigious Military Academies and look forward to following their many achievements,” said McKinley.

Nominations are based on academic merit, moral character, scholarship, leadership potential, physical aptitude, career goals, and motivation. Admittance to any of our nation’s service academies is highly competitive, with a limited number of cadets being accepted each year.

This nomination is merely one step in the academy application process. The nominated students must now meet the Academy’s individual admission requirements in order to receive an Offer of Appointment.

Liam Cochran (Bridgeport) is an Honor Roll student at Fairmont Sr. High School where he is a member of the Choir, Junior National Youth Leadership Conference, as well as Lacrosse, Wrestling and Football teams.

Nominated to U.S. Air Force Academy.

Elle Greco (Weirton) attends West Virginia University and serves in the Air Force ROTC Program. She is also a member of Mountaineer Catholics and the Student Dance Association. Elle graduated from Linsly High School in 2019, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, the West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State – American Legion Leadership Academy, and the Art & Drama Club.

Nominated to U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Naval Academy.

Jaxon Fielding (Morgantown) is a Principle’s Honor Roll student and teaching assistant for AP Chemistry at Morgantown High School. He is a member of the Lacrosse team and has been invited to join the National Society of High School Scholars and the National Youth Leadership Forum on Engineering at Berkeley.

Nominated to U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Naval Academy.

William Farkas (Tunnelton) attends Preston County High School and previously graduated from the Mountaineer Challenge Academy in 2021. He is a member of the Honor Guard, Debate Club, Cross Country team, and Baseball team. He also serves as the Corps Commander at Challenge Academy South, the WV Civil Air Patrol Cadet Commander, and the WV Civil Air Patrol Staff Sergeant. He has won numerous accolades including the Billy Mitchell Award, the Challenge Academy Quiz Bowl, the Robert C. Byrd Distinguished Cadet Award, the Highest Score Adjutant General Award for TASC Test, the Esprit de Corps Award, and the Iron Mike Award.

Nominated to West Point.

Evan Large (Morgantown) is a member of JROTC, National Honor Society, and Rho Kappa – Social Science Honor Society, and was a member of the swim and wrestling teams at University High School, where he also won WV DECA State. He is a Staff Sergeant in the WV Civil Air Patrol. He has volunteered at UNICEF, WVU Medicine, and the Ronald McDonald House.

Nominated to U.S. Air Force Academy and West Point.

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