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    Academy of Finance Purpose

    The purpose of this organization is to provide students with a  rigorous, career-focused curriculum tied to real-world engagement opportunities with business professionals that set the stage for college success and rewarding careers.


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    AFJROTC Profile

    The mission of AFJROTC is to "Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community." AFJROTC is not an USAF accessions program and cadets are never under any obligation to join the military. AFJROTC is a Title 10 US Code mandated citizenship training program that is designed to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill personal responsibility, character, and self-discipline. The program achieves this through classroom education in air and space fundamentals and hands on learning opportunities in a number of fun and challenging extra-curricular activities.

    The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.”

    The program has 878 AFJROTC units with an additional 14 National Defense Cadet Corps units for a total of 892 units in high schools world-wide. There are more than 121,000 high school cadets in the program and over 1,950 retired USAF instructors who lead, mentor, guide, and teach our cadets in high schools in the US and around the world. AFJROTC enjoys overwhelming school administration and community support because of the huge positive impact on cadets, schools, communities, and our nation. In many communities that have no military bases within many miles, the cadets and instructors of AFJROTC are truly “The face of the US Air Force in communities all over the US and the world.”

    Requirements to Join

    Almost any Sanderson student can join AFJROTC. Physical requirements are similar to a Healthful Living class, and each student is expected to be able to participate physically. A student can begin JROTC in any grade (9th-12th) and complete anywhere from 1 to 4 of our one-semester classes.

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    Sanderson Marching Spartans

    The Sanderson Band has a long history of excellence, dating back to the school's opening in 1968. Currently, the Sanderson Band program consists of the Marching Spartans, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and various other small ensembles, as well as annual performances with the Sanderson Theater Department in the spring musical. The band has performed extensively across North Carolina and the Southeastern United States in both marching band competitions and concert band festivals. 

    Requirements to Join

    Previous instrumental music experience and/or audition.

    ProStart Competition Team

    The National ProStart Invitational(NPSI) is the country’s premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts. All with hopes of earning coveted scholarships from the nation’s premier culinary and restaurant management programs. The Culinary competition highlights the creative abilities of each team through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners with no access to running water or electricity. There’s no room for error as they’re evaluated on taste, skill, teamwork, safety and sanitation. Up to 4 team members, one optional team manager. The Management teams develop a proposal for the next hot restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Next, their ability to think on their feet will be tested as they quickly solve challenges managers face on a daily basis. Up to 4 team members, one optional team manager. Students will compete at the state level in March at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, NC.

    Requirements to Join

    In order to compete, students must be enrolled or have taken ProStart 1 or 2.


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    Lakonikos Yearbook

    The Yearbook staff, under staff advisory, creates a yearbook for the students at Sanderson each year. This is a small business for which students learn to create and sell a product. They publish a one time print edition of a book for the Sanderson community.

    Requirements to Join

    Due to the fact that yearbook is a business, students are required to fill out an application for a place on the staff, as they would for any job. Students are required to create a product, market their product, and sell their product.