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The Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets of West Orange High School in Winter Garden, FL earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards” …the highest rating attainable…during their evaluation on 13-Nov-2023.  Lt Col Micheal S. Carrizales and SMSgt Shonda L. Spencer created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community outreach. The instructors provided outstanding leadership in administering the cadet centered citizenship program that includes activities like the StellarXplorers space design program, the award winning drill team, the Raiders fitness team, the model rocketry club and more. Corps Commander Aidan Bernhard and his cadet staff performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals.  

The West Orange High School Air Force Junior ROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school, and the surrounding community.

Congratulations to Air Force Junior ROTC cadet Elias Lopez who recently accepted an appointment to the highly selective United States Air Force Academy

class of 2028!

Eli had to meet high academic, fitness, and character requirements to be competitive for this honor. He already earned his private pilot license through the JROTC flight academy. His pilot license coupled with his degree from the Air Force Academy puts him right on path to achieving his dream of becoming an Air Force officer and pilot. 

Congratulations Cadet Lopez!

A great option next year for your child at West Orange high is our outstanding Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) program.  Your child must take a HOPE (Health Opportunities through Physical Education) credit and two fine arts credits; AFJROTC grants one of each.  AFJROTC is NOT a military recruitment program, but rather a class at West Orange High focused on Character Development.  40% of the course is academics where students learn the Principles of Aviation, Space Exploration, and Cultural Studies.  40% is leadership education, where students learn to command themselves and lead others while exercising the Air Force’s Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.  The final 20% is Physical Fitness – where students learn to push themselves beyond their self-imposed limits.

                In addition to the base curriculum, your child will get outstanding opportunities to do things she or he may have never considered: launch rockets, fly planes and unmanned drones, participate in STEM competitions, compete in unarmed and armed drill competitions, perform community service, participate in military balls and traditions, and learn through a bevy of behind-the-scenes curriculum-in-action field trips to amazing places like Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Orlando International Airport, and various technology and graphical simulation conferences.

                Your child will learn to dream big and work hard to achieve those dreams.  He or she will study under 20+ year retired Air Force Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers.  AFJROTC at West Orange has a distinguished history of breeding top-notch graduates including, Academy appointees, ROTC and academic full-ride scholarship recipients, and even the 2017-2018 WOHS valedictorian.  Two years of Aerospace Science can waive the HOPE requirement for graduation. If this sounds good to you, discuss it with your child, then contact WOHS Guidance and ask them to sign up your daughter or son for Aerospace Science 1.