U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he'll nominate 40? West Virginia students from 17 counties to the U.S. service academies after reviewing recommendations by a selection board that met last month.
They include 10 nominees for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 10 to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Ten other students will be tapped for the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and 10 for the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point on New York's Long Island.
The selection board consists of West Virginians who served in the military or are educators.
The board interview process ensures that candidates have met the needed qualifications and criteria.