• Keystone Heights High School Cadets earn spot in state competition


    KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. - A group of JROTC cadets at Keystone Heights High School have earned a spot in a state-wide competition after a first place win at a recent qualifier meeting held at Camp Blanding.

    The Keystone Heights Indian Battalion Cadets beat five schools in the mixed male category earlier this month.

    The first place win earned them a trophy and the opportunity to represent the district at the Florida State Raiders Competition in January.

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    The program at Keystone Heights High School is in its third year and is led by Sgt. Curry and Col. Perry.

    Curry and former leader Col. Weir dedicated countless hours to the creation of the program, which is unfunded.

    Weir no longer leads the group but continues to encourage and inspire them.

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    Volunteers, such as Corp. Campbell, and contributions of time and supplies from the community have allowed the group opportunities to practice for and participate in JROTC Raiders events.

    The state competition will take place in Lake Wales, Florida at the Flaming Arrow Boy Scout Camp on Jan. 23.

    Current Keystone Heights JROTC Raiders Team Indian Battalion Cadets:

    Ethan Horton, commander

    Taylor Butler, co-captain

    James Gruel

    Kyle Richardson

    Riley Tiller

    Mitchell Lilliston

    Dustin Beard

    Noah Beckham

    Karly Tiller

    Sierra Rushford

    Rebecca Cole

    Marie Boone

    Christopher Fowler

    Brandon Hoffmire

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