[caption id="attachment_7189" align="alignleft" width="206"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/01\/GH_CaryRobertson.jpg"><img class="wp-image-7189 size-medium" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/01\/GH_CaryRobertson-206x300.jpg" alt="GH_CaryRobertson" width="206" height="300" \/><\/a> PCHS senior Cary Robertson, the son of Joe and Diane Arbogast, of Marlinton, has been nominated by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin for attendance at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nU.S. Senator Joe Manchin nominated Pocahontas County High School senior Cary Robertson for attendance at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, New York. Robertson, the son of Joe and Diane Arbogast, of Marlinton, applied for the appointment last year.\r\n\r\nRobertson is among just 36 West Virginia students to be nominated by Manchin for attendance at the nation's four service academies.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt is a great privilege to recommend 36 of West Virginia\u2019s brightest young men and women to the U.S. service academies,\u201d Manchin said during a December 22 press conference. \u201cAll of our students worked hard to earn these nominations and are determined to serve our country. Many are also striving to carry on their families\u2019 proud military heritage. Today, I join all West Virginians in congratulating these hardworking and dedicated students, because a nomination to one of our elite service academies will develop these young men and women to become our next generation of military leaders.\u201d\r\n\r\nKnown for its rigorous academic program, the USMMA requires more credit hours for a baccalaureate degree than any other federal service academy. Challenging coursework is augmented by experience at sea, which provides midshipmen hands-on, real-world experiences aboard working commercial vessels. Graduating USMMA midshipmen receive a highly-regarded Bachelor of Science degree, a Coast Guard license and an officer\u2019s commission in the U.S. Armed Forces.\r\n\r\nRobertson plans to become a military pilot.\r\n\r\n\u201cI've never flown, but I'd love the huge adrenalin rush,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\nA standout all-around athlete at PCHS, Robertson has a strong desire to serve in the military.\r\n\r\n\u201cPersonally, I feel like everyone should serve their country,\u201d he said. \u201cIt's not only serving your country but it's serving everyone around you. Not everyone has the opportunity to be able to serve their country like we do.\u201d\r\n\r\nRobertson's family has a tradition of military service.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy dad, my papaw on my mom's side, and my granddad on my dad's side all served in the military,\u201d he said. \u201cI have uncles who have served in the military and my aunt served in the military.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe senior takes some good-natured flak from his veteran family members.\r\n\r\n\u201cActually, they pick on me a lot because I want to be a pilot,\u201d he said. \u201cThey said I'll only learn to use a joystick.\u201d\r\n\r\nRobertson applied for a number of service academy appointments and ROTC scholarships. He said he would choose to attend any service academy, rather than a civilian university on scholarship. Although a Senator's nomination is a great honor and carries great weight, the final decision on admission is made by the service academy.