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Moody High School preparing students for careers through academy programs

Posted at 1:24 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 19:05:05-04

One local high school has broken a record. They just accepted nearly 300 students into academy programs that offer specialized classes and training.

They’re unique, hands-on, real-world opportunities offered at Moody High School.

“You get to make a mark on a world that you haven’t even stepped foot in as a high-schooler,” said Katarina Ramos, a senior at the high school.

The high school’s six academy programs are preparing hundreds of students for life after graduation, whether they’re future doctors, scientists, teachers, chefs or police officers.

It’s a four-year pathway to help students find a field they’re interested in, so one day they can pursue that as a career.

“With the help of this academy,” said Eric Vela, a Moody High School senior, “We’ve actually discovered what we want to be when we grow up.”

Students transfer from other schools and districts in the Coastal Bend. Those chosen for the academies have the opportunity to learn more about becoming a teacher, entering law enforcement or getting into health science and culinary fields.

Students can also join the CITGO Innovation Academy, which specializes in science, technology, engineering, and math. And for those tech-savvy students, there is also the information technology academy.

Dr. Sandra Clement, the principal at Moody High School, says it’s giving students a choice for their future.

“So they can come in and say, ‘That’s what I want to study or maybe that’s something I would like to study.'”

Whichever path they choose, these students are already making a mark at a young age.

Marissa Macias, a senior at Moody High School, who says she’s already performed CPR twice on patients, helping to save their lives.

“The first time I actually helped somebody and I saved their life, I realized I am prepared for my future,” Macias said.

About 900 students, nearly half of the students enrolled at Moody High School, joined an academy.

Students interested in joining must apply and be accepted. For more information, contact Dr. Gloria Bilaye-Benibo at or (361) 878-7363.