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Warren County High School becomes second in country to activate Space Force JROTC program

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Warren County High School became the second in the country on Tuesday to activate a Space Force Junior ROTC program.

Warren County Schools, a small, rural district in northeastern North Carolina, is part of a cohort of just 10 schools approved to have one of these programs.

With just under 30 cadets in the program, Warren County Schools Superintendent Keith Sutton explained what this means for their community.

“We may be a small rural community, but this right here shows that hard work, dedication, and excellence can take you far and even earn you national recognition,” he said, “and I am so very proud.”

The specifics of the Space Force program are still being developed, but it’s expected to incorporate STEM education, including offering space camps at universities.

Warren County High School was chosen out of more than 800 applicants, largely because of their persistence and enthusiasm, Space Force leaders explained. The program looked to partner with schools close to space-related facilities, but they also took geographic diversity into account.

Explore pictures from Tuesday’s ceremony below.

Anna Pogarcic

Anna Pogarcic is a Reporting and Engagement Fellow for EducationNC.