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Some people dream of being in the military from an early age.

Friday night, the Junior ROTC cadets from East High School were honored at the Bayfront Convention Center.

Jameelah Jones was among honorees; she comes from a military family.

"My mom and dad were both in the Air Force and I have a brother in the Air Force and a brother in the Marine Corps," said Jones.

Friday night's banquet was a chance for family and friends to recognize all of the cadets' hard work.

"They get up early in the morning, they come into school, they practice, they'll stay late at night," said Joe Russell, East High School Army Instructor.  "The organizational skills they have to acquire, the public speaking skills they have to acquire, I think, all lead to their development as good citizens," he said.

Students said the JROTC program gives them the opportunity to get involved with the military at a younger age.

"I've always wanted to be in the  military and this is the closest I can be to being in the military for a high school," said freshman JROTC cadet, Margaret Dombrowski.

East High Army instructors hope the program is making an impact.

"Our mission is to develop young people into becoming better citizens, and I think we're on the right track to doing that," said Russell.

The cadets range from freshman to seniors.
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