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Hundreds of ArkLaTex students attend Academy Day

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Students interested in serving their country, while getting an education attended Academy Day at the L.S.U. Shreveport campus Saturday morning. Representatives from each of the United States Service Academies were on hand to give information to interested high school students.

"We're from a military family to begin with. She however, is the first female in the family to apply to a military academy," says Melinda Daniels. Her daughter, Ashleigh Daniels, has decided to apply to one of the military academies. "I'm proud of her."

Natchitoches Central High School Senior Ashleigh is one of more than a hundred students to attend the event. Her decision to look into an alternative route from traditional college was influenced, in part, from a long family legacy. Her Grandfather, father, and many uncles served in the military.

In order to gain entrance into one of the academies, you must be nominated by a member of congress after making it through an intense application process.

"When you graduate from a military academy you have a leg up on others who you are competing with for promotions," says U.S. Representative John Fleming from the 4th Congressional District. "So there are just many different factors that interest young people."

Students also receive a free education when they are selected to attend one of the academies.

"You don't have to go into debt to get that education and opportunity," says Melinda Daniels.

Graduates of the academies are required to serve in the military full time following their graduation.

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