National Veteran Business Development Council Scholarship Winner

An AFJROTC student from West Orange High School in Winter Garden won a scholarship from the National Veteran Business Development Council. Luca Hewett wrote an excellent 1,000-word essay on military veterans, which won him $10,000 for tuition at a school of his choice. The award was given by Tom Wirbel, a disabled US Air Force Veteran. This scholarship connects veterans with the younger generation to promote serving our country. Luca hopes to use this award to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. He has received nominations to apply for the Academy from both Rep. Val Demings and the National ROTC Unit.   Luca has been in AFJROTC for four years and has been described as the model JROTC student. AFJROTC is a federal program offered in middle schools and high schools throughout the country. The purpose of this program is to teach students the values of citizenship, the importance of service to the United Statesand personal responsibility through education and mentoring. The curriculum includes aviation history, space science, college and career readiness, global studies, leadership, and health and wellness.  Students who take this class are taught by retired members of the US Air Force.    While in AFJROTC, Luca served many noteworthy positions including, executive officer assistant, executive officer in charge, command chief master sergeant, color guard commander operations support squadron commander, Kitty Hawk Air Society President, deputy group commander and group commander, and was inducted into the Kitty Hawk Air Society. He also won a number of awards including the American Veterans Award, Air Force Sergeants Association Award, and the Air Force Association Award.    Our sincere congratulations to Luca and we wish him the best of luck in the future!