Anya Wallace, a Jefferson High School senior, has accepted an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Anya is the daughter of Stuart Wallace and Karene Motivans of Shepherdstown and she credits living her life in a small town with helping to shape her interest in serving her country.
In order to be offered an appointment, Wallace had to complete essays, interviews, and physical tests. She also had to receive at least one congressional nomination; Wallace received three nominations from Congresswoman Capito, Senator Manchin, and Senator Rockefeller.
"Anya has a long list of accomplishments already, and I was so impressed with all that she's done in her young life," Senator Rockefeller said. "I am especially encouraged by her interest in - and commitment to - her studies in science, which is crucial for student success in the 21st century. Anya would be a fine addition to next year's Air Force Academy class."
Anya ranks in the top 10 of her class at Jefferson High School, where she served as co-captain of the cross country team and placed in the state science fair. She attended four years of summer West Virginia Governor's Honor Academies - her favorite session being held at Greenbank, W.Va., site of the radio telescope. Anya is interested in a possible career in aerospace engineering.
A four-year undergraduate scholarship to the academy, which includes room and board, medical and dental care, and a monthly pay allowance, is valued at $445,000 dollars, the offer letter from the Air Force Academy stated.
According to Senator Manchin remarking on his 2014 service academy nominations, "West Virginia has built a reputation of service and sacrifice, and I am extremely proud of these students for their commitment to carrying on our state's proud tradition. These bright, young leaders have worked hard in the classroom and in the community to earn these nominations, and it is with great honor that I recommend their talents to the U.S. service academies. I am confident that these young men and women will make our state proud and I wish them the best in their future endeavors."