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Mount Dora High JROTC unit earns Silver Star Community Service award

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Unit FL-951 at Mount Dora High School has been selected as one of 47 units to receive the 2015-2016 “Silver Star” Community Service with Excellence Award for the second year in a row.

This award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that have performed above normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC mission of producing better citizens for America. Of the 892 AFJROTC units worldwide, only the top 5% earn this award each year. The award is the highest unit level award an AFJROTC unit can win. Only four units in the state of Florida won this award. Mount Dora High School was the only one to win in Lake County. Its unit of 107 cadets generated almost 5,000 community service hours in the 2015-16 academic year!

The objectives of the JROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. Enrollment is open to all young people who are in the 9th grade or higher and are citizens of the United States.

Air Force JROTC is located in 892 high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, and in the Pacific, and in Puerto Rico. JROTC enrollment includes more than 120,000 cadets.