Military Academy Night welcomes 300 students and parents

November 20, 2015


U.S. Navy Capt. Anthony Spinler presents an American flag that was flown at Camp Krutke in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan to Raquel Cunningham, founder of the organization Cypress Cares, at Military Academy Night at the Berry Center on Nov. 17. Cunningham’s nonprofit sent more than 11,000 care packages to troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan in almost seven years of operation.

Nov. 20, 2015—The CFISD guidance and counseling department hosted the annual Military Academy Night at the Berry Center on Nov. 17, welcoming approximately 300 secondary students and parents to the event.

Guests had the opportunity to gather information and visit with representatives from the five service academies:

  • U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


U.S. Air Force Lt. Liliana Ramirez addresses students about the Air Force Academy at Military Academy Night at the Berry Center on Nov. 17.

Representatives were also available from The Citadel, the Army ROTC (Texas A&M Corps of Cadets) and the Air Force ROTC.

Information regarding the admissions requirements, application process and the nomination process was reviewed. Students will open their admissions file with an academy and begin the application for a nomination from their senator or congressional representative during the spring semester of their junior year. Counselors are available at each campus to assist students with this process. Additional information can be found on the academies’ websites.


U.S. Merchant Marine Academy representative Stuart Cooley shares information about the academy with Cypress Ranch High School freshman Travis Arey and his mother, Warner Elementary School teacher Shannon Arey, at Military Academy Night.

“The guidance and counseling department is committed to providing CFISD students with many opportunities to make informed decisions about their postsecondary options,” said Darlene Davenport, director of guidance and counseling. “It is important that this type of information is made available so that our students are prepared with viable and various college and career choices.”


Approximately 300 students and parents attended the annual Military Academy Night at the Berry Center on Nov. 17.

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