Cadets come back for Wentworth Military Academy's final march

11 months 1 week 6 days ago Friday, May 12 2017 May 12, 2017 Friday, May 12, 2017 11:17:00 AM CDT May 12, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

LEXINGTON (AP) — A Missouri military academy that's been around for 137 years is preparing for its final graduation.

The Kansas City Star reports that generations of Wentworth Military Academy cadets are returning for this weekend's ceremonies. The festivities come just one month after Wentworth administrators announced the closure of the site in 4,700-resident Lexington, about 50 miles east of Kansas City.

Hotel rooms are hard to scarce, and few Kansas City area alumni are riding bicycles from Blue Springs.

The 220 cadets that boarded this year at Wentworth were a mix of high-schoolers and student enrolled in a two-year college program. The site also had roughly 300 civilians taking classes there.

The co-owner of a nearby restaurant, Patt Minter, says "Wentworth raised, and they're all coming home to say goodbye."

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