Joplin High School Cadet Lt. Col. Othellis Roper III, second from the right, smiles as he signs his acceptance letter into the West Point Academy on Wednesday at JHS. Also pictured, from the left JROTC 1st Sgt. Richard Banhs, Lt, Col. Joshua Reitz and Roper's mother, Stephanie Roper. Reiyz said, to the best of his knowledge, Roper is the firsy JHS cadet accepted into a military academy in about 12 years.
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