More than 100 La Fe Preparatory School students enjoyed a visit by retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch Wednesday Oct 3 at the La Fe Technology Center. Kickbusch was the highest-ranking Latina in the Army's combat support field when she retired in 1996 after serving 20 years in the Army. Kickbusch, who was known as "Chelo" growing up, engaged students with inspiring stories about growing up as the daughter of poor immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley. Kickbusch said seven of her nine siblings are military veterans. She travels around the country speaking to schools, corporations and government institutions on a variety of topics and has written a book entitled "Journey to the Future: A roadmap for Success for Youth." (Top photo) Kickbusch embraced student Fabian Caro as she told him about her childhood. (Lower photo) Students promised, with hands over their hearts, to be responsible and do their best in school and with their families.