SISD Military Academy Collegiate Forum invites teens to explore colleges

Socorro ISD students like those at Montwood are invited to a military academy collegiate forum.

Those who make their way out there need to be prepared to meet with U.S. Reps. Beto O'Rourke and Will Hurd.

Mayra Ortega, SISD's district counselor, says it's not only an application that is needed to get into these schools.

A letter of recommendation is also needed from the congressmen, which is why they'll be on hand.

They will give students and parents information on how to receive an appointment to apply for an academy.

Representatives from the Air Force Academy, West Point, and U.S. Naval Academy will answer questions.

There are also a few things for students and parents to think about if they're considering military academies for college.

Ortega says these academies are unlike any other.

Representatives from the academies will be looking for qualities like self-discipline in students.

According to, military academies are not for troubled teens.

In fact, they are a bad fit for troubled teens because they don't provide psychological or behavioral therapy for students.

Also, military academies provide the same kind of leadership training found in the U.S. armedforces.

These academies instill strong personal values in their students because strong values will be necessary for those who will go on to serve in the armed forces.

The Military Academy Collegiate Forum will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the SISD District Service Center from 6-8 p.m.

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