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VIDEO: High school grads prepare for next step at U.S. military academies

VIDEO: High school grads prepare for next step at U.S. military academies


NEWS.>>Tim: A MOMENT OF SILENCE ON THE MEMORIAL DAY HONORING THE MILITARY’S FALLEN PRECEDED THE SENDOFF OF 115 TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BOND FOR THE NATION’S MILITARY ACADEMIES. THEY HEARD FROM JOHN CORNYN AND THE CHANCELLOR OF THE U.T. SYSTEM, RETIRED ADMIRAL McRAVEN. THIS IS THE DAY RECENT GRADUATES HAD BEEN WAITING FOR TO BEGIN THE NEXT CHAPTERS IN THEIR LIVES.>>Reporter: EVERY SEAT WAS TAKEN BY PARENTS WHOSE SONS AND DAUGHTERS ARE EMBARKING ON A JOURNEY UNLIKE ANY OTHER IN HIGHER EDUCATION. THEY ARE HEADING TO THE NATION’S FIVE MILITARY ACADEMIES.>>FIRST OFF, I NEVER THOUGHT IN A MILLION YEARS THAT I WOULD RECEIVE AN APPOINTMENT.>>Reporter: EVEN THOUGH THE TYLER GRADUATE SAID HE DREAMED OF AN ARMY CAREER HIS ENTIRE LIFE. ANOTHER, THE SECOND GRADUATE FROM HER SMALL CENTRAL TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL TO ATTEND THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY.>>FOR ME, PERSONALLY, IT’S FINDING THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT I FELT LIKE I’M MEANT TO DO, SERVING MY COUNTRY.>>Reporter: A YOUNG MAN FROM THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY KNOWS HE’S AMONG THE CHOSEN FEW.>>HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT SOUTH TEXAS AND JOINING THE NAVAL ACADEMY IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE.>>Reporter: A FUTURE CYBERSECURITY EXPERT.>>AFTER GOING THROUGH ALL THE PROCESS AND EVERYTHING THAT I NEEDED TO DO TO GET IN, IT WAS REALLY EXCITING TO FIND OUT I WAS GOING.>>Reporter: MANY SAY THEIR PARENT WERE WITH THEM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, BY OFFERING ENCOURAGEMENT, PRAYER, AND INSPIRATION.>>I KNOW THAT IT WAS TOUGH GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS, BUT HAVING MET THAT GOAL, HAVING ACHIEVED WHAT HE SET OUT TO DO WAS JUST AMAZING.


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