Air Force JROTC

Congratulations to Luca Hewett who was just appointed Group Commander

of the West Orange HS JROTC!

AFJROTC cadets from West Orange High School volunteered to assist with the Christmas party held by UCP Elementary School. Cadets helped with setting up, serving food and beverages to the families, and putting all the decorations and leftovers away. The party was a great success, due in part to the hard work and spirit of giving displayed by the cadets.

Cadets Care; Contribute $2,279 to Challenge 22

Celebrating and caring for our veterans was the focus of AFJROTC cadets at West Orange High School in November. The cadets started their tribute by marching in the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Orlando. They raised $2,279 to support the American Legion Challenge 22 project to raise awareness and help stop veteran suicides, currently at 22 per day. The cadets finished by honoring our veterans with American Legion Post 63 and the Winter Garden community in a wonderful ceremony followed by a 2.2-mile ruck walk to raise awareness of the veteran's suicide rate. They will continue to honor those who served our country but also thank and remember them as well.

Top photo pictured, left to right, Presenting $2,279 to Challenge 22, Cadet Major Pedro Barreto, Challenge 22 Project Officer, Cadet Sebastian Cavichiolo, Cadet Group Commander, Major Matthew Medlock, (Retired) Senior Aerospace Science Instructor FL-802 West Orange High School, Kurt Gies, American Legion Post 63 Post Commander

Bottom photo pictured, AFJROTC FL-802 Cadet Group, Veterans Day 2019

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.

The Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets of West Orange High School earned an overall unit assessment score of “Exceeds Standards” (the highest rating attainable) during their evaluation on April 19th and have been designated a Distinguished Unit with Merit! Maj Matthew C. Medlock, Lt Col Brian J. Noe, SMSgt Shonda L. Spencer, created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with an excellent community outreach accumulating over 1,800 hours of community service this year. The instructors provided outstanding leadership in administering the cadet centered citizenship program. The West Orange High School cadets performed exceptionally well and took great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals. The West Orange High School Air Force ROTC citizenship program is making a positive impact on the cadets, the school and the community.