Graduating seniors want to give back to their country

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This time of year, we hear a lot about senior pranks or senior skip days by antsy teens ready to graduate. But there are some kids who graduated with a much more serious approach to their final days in high school and their futures.

"Anxious, more anxious than anything."

It's the final high school celebration for Washington High School's class of 2013. There are many futures in this crowd, including a call to lay down your life for others.

"It's always been my dream to serve my country and it's been a family tradition and I'm just glad to do it," said Jason Langley, whose part of a handful of students who will enlist in the military.

Courtney Liston is another.

"I didn't really want to live the college life right after high school, and the experience and to be able to travel, the discipline I'll receive," she said.

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick McCormack couldn't be more proud of these students who will join the fight of brave soldiers before them.

"These young people are stepping up to join those people willing to sacrifice some of their freedom so that we can enjoy nights like tonight."

You won't find fear in this crowd. They all say they're looking forward to getting deployed.

"Since I want to go to college, it will pay for my college and it's something I've always been interested in," said Hunter Zittel, who is joining the Army National Guard.

They're also counting on the military to help them with future endeavors.

"After that I plan to start with either  the police department, or if I can go federal with something like homeland security or us air marshal I'll try that," Derek Miller said.

With graduation now out-of-the-way, the students will begin their military training in the next few months.



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