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June 15, 2010 13:48 ET

Lyman Ward Military Academy Launches Cadet Life Blog

Academy's New Recruiting Tool Offers Unique Look Into Cadet Life

CAMP HILL, AL--(Marketwire - June 15, 2010) -  Though school is out across most of the nation, new Cadet recruitment at Alabama-based Lyman Ward Military Academy (LWMA) is a year-round process, and school administrators are turning to an untapped resource in their outreach -- allowing Cadets to showcase daily life through the newly launched Cadet Life blog at www.lwma.org/blog.

"One of the leading concerns in our recruiting efforts is being able to appropriately describe the day-to-day life of a Cadet, and our new Cadet Life blog gives potential students the opportunity to read first-hand the emotions, challenges and successes from some of our Cadets," says MAJ (Ret) Joe Watson, Director of Admissions.

LWMA has seen its share of challenges during the past decade, including financial difficulties, and the inaccurate rumor of the Academy's closing. "We've weathered plenty of storms, yet we continue to grow and develop exceptional young men. We've managed to increase the diversity of our Cadet population, and we continue to maintain a 100 percent college acceptance rate, a fact that the entire Lyman Ward family looks to with pride," says COL (Ret) Bill Jenrette, President of LWMA.

Lyman Ward administrators selected five Cadets from among a number of volunteers, allowing each to provide a glimpse into daily activities such academics, military instruction and drills, free time and athletics. "We view this as an outstanding way to build relationships with future students. Our Cadet bloggers are capable of telling the LWMA story and answering prospective Cadets' questions in a way that we as administrators cannot," added Jenrette.

"When I was first told that I was being sent to military school, I was terrified," writes Cadet Larry Woods of Anniston, AL in a recent blog posting. "I wish there had been a blog when I was a new Cadet, as it would have provided a great guide as to what to expect, and taken some of the anxiety out of attending a military school," writes Woods.

LWMA is one of less than 50 military boarding schools nationally, educating young men from grades 6-12. LWMA is designed to not only educate, but to teach traditional values such as leadership, time management, respect, self-discipline, and accountability. Sports, such as football, soccer, baseball, and basketball, are also offered, and the Academy competes on the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) level. Additionally, the Academy's JROTC program is designated an Honor Unit with Distinction and is among the top 5 percent in the nation, a designation that it has retained for the past 35 years.

The Academy will host an Open House on its 300-acre Camp Hill campus on June 19 and July 17, and admissions personnel will be in Huntsville on June 23, Daphne on July 13 and Pensacola on July 14. For more information, visit www.lwma.org.

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