Academy Night 2010

October 1, 2010 Updated Oct 1, 2010 at 8:35 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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October 1, 2010 Updated Oct 1, 2010 at 8:35 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Students heading to military college or getting involved with a military program at school may be in for an experience. But when they're done, they have the duty to serve the country. Many students attended Academy Night 2010 at Hamburg High School to learn more about their options.

Officials from all branches of the military were there to answer questions about how to apply, scholarship opportunities and what will be expected of the student.

Recruiters said the schedule could get tough but it's not all work. Many military colleges have prestigious sports and music programs. The young students in attendance, including Blaise Merk, were eager to learn more.

"I always wanted to serve my country, it's done so much for me. So, I want to do what I can and give something back," Merk said.

Merk's father Anthony Merk said the event help them understand the expectations.

"It gives us a good overview as to what we need to do to prepare our children academically and athletically to attend a military academy. Its rigorous and it separates the men from the boys and that's what I learned from here," Merk said.

Once students apply to a school a board of veterans will interview them. They are then nominated. After the nomination, they must be hand picked by President Obama's office to attend the institution.

To learn more about this process or get in touch with a recruiter call 852-3501.

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