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Graduation of first class of 2013 National Flight Academy

NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Last May, the National Flight Academy welcomed students aboard for an educational experience.

The Academy focuses on science, technology, engineering and math in an immersive environment.

Earlier Friday, the first class of 2013 graduated.

It took these students up to 14 hours to get here and they say, it was worth it.

"I'd do it again. To have the experience. I think it's a good opportunity for everyone."

Falanca Apollon, 15, came from Miami.

She gave up her spring break to spend a week at the National Flight Academy, even though she's not quite sure what she wants to do after school.

"I want to be an actress or go into finance or a CEO of a company, if I don't own a company."

Falanca has shown promise and enthusiasm when it comes to math and science.

And that's what it takes to get into the academy.

"The best and the most enthusiastic got to come."

High school science teacher, Joy Smith says her students didn't mind the long drive to Pensacola or giving up their spring vacations because the academy turns education into an experience.

"They learned so much and they had fun learning."

Congressman Jeff Miller, who spoke with students at their graduation ceremony, says our local economy might benefit, too.

"You'll have students from across the United States wanting to come to Pensacola and their parents will come along with them and I think that's a good thing for our area economy."

If you want to enroll your student or child at the National Flight Academy, there are still slots open for the summer session. We've posted the info for you here.