Sen. Manchin Skypes with JROTC Students

Sen. Manchin Skypes with JROTC Students
Posted on 09/24/2019
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. -- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) spoke to JROTC students at Jefferson High School (JHS) via Skype about opportunities to attend the U.S. Service Academies.
               Several service academy representatives were on hand, including Col. Laura Foglesong from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Comm. Nicholas Rotunda from the U.S. Naval Academy, and Mr. John Dowling with the WVU Army ROTC.
Senator Manchin spoke about not only being able to serve their country but also receiving a free education. 
More than 200 students were able to hear from Senator Manchin, ask questions of the service academy representatives, and obtain an application for a nomination to a U.S. Service Academy from Senator Manchin.
Group Commander, Cadet Col. Abby White, a senior at JHS, said it was a wonderful opportunity.
“It is a very unique opportunity because normally you just get a response from an email or a letter that’s just written by one of his helpers,” she said. “We get to have his word-for-word responses.”
This is the first time a sitting U.S. Senator has directly addressed the JROTC Progam at JHS.
Sen. Manchin had to leave for a vote before taking questions from students, but he did encourage them to explore every opportunity they had through a military education.
There are 260 JROTC cadets at JHS, including the students who transfer in from Washington High School.

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