CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Coral Springs High School Air Force JROTC Unit is being honored with the 2019/20 U.S. Airforce JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award, Broward County Public Schools announced this week.

There are 890 Air Force JROTC units in high schools across the United States and at selected schools in Europe, the Pacific and Puerto Rico. Coral Springs High is one of 79 units to achieve the recognition, placing its program in the top 10 percent in the nation.

The school district said the award recognizes Air Force JROTC units that “have performed above and beyond normal expectations and have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force JROTC citizen development mission for America.”

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USAF Colonel Stephen Sanders wrote in a congratulatory letter: “The award recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors and the support of the school and local community." Sanders added, units receiving “the Distinguished Unit Award with Merit are limited to the very best of the best of our nation’s 890 Air Force JROTC units.”

The school district said the Air Force JROTC program educates and trains high school cadets in citizenship and life skills, promotes community service, instills responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education, and provides instruction in air and space fundamentals.

The school district said it has the largest JROTC program in the country, which includes nearly 7,000 cadets in 30 high schools and eight middle schools. In addition, District JROTC cadets continually earn state championship titles and received more than $25 million in scholarships for colleges, universities and military academies last year.

The JROTC programs have a 99 percent graduation rate, the school district said.


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