Mount Dora High Student Earns Worldwide Air Force JROTC Honor

MOUNT DORA – Cadet Peyton Scott, Mount Dora Air Force JROTC, has been selected as the Air Force/Space Force JROTC Cadet of the Year, marking the first time in the program’s 29-year history that a Mount Dora cadet has been selected for this worldwide honor.

He will be formally recognized by Lake County Schools Superintendent Diane Kornegay and the Lake County School Board at an upcoming meeting.

“Cadet Scott is driven, energetic, committed, loyal and trustworthy; he’s also humble, kind, respectful, courteous, encouraging and inspirational,” said USAF Major (Ret.) Andrew Scott, Senior Aerospace Science instructor at Mount Dora High School. “His impact on our program, Mount Dora High School and the Mount Dora community will be his lasting legacy.”

Selection criteria for the honor emphasized cadet leadership and involvement within the unit, school and community, as well as academic performance and citizenship character traits such as dependability, followership, communication skills, motivation, and problem solving skills.

This academic year alone, Cadet Scott amassed 284 JROTC community service hours, a new single-year cadet record for the Mount Dora High School unit. He also motivated 18 other cadets to exceed the 100-hour service hour threshold this year, another record for the program. Additionally, as the Corps Commander, he guided the cadet corps to garner over 8,000 hours of service this year, another record for the program.

Cadet Scott, who expects to graduate in 2025, competed against 850 other units from around the world and was chosen ahead of more than 30,000 other cadets to earn the distinction of Cadet of the Year.

“We are all very proud of Cadet Scott,” said Mount Dora High Principal Marlene Straughan. “He represents the best of Mount Dora High School and we are confident that he will go on to do great things.”