JROTC Takes Silver in the National Academic Bowl Championship
This year, the JROTC academic team won second place in the National Academic Bowl Championship. The competition took place at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. However, several rounds of online competition took place months ago. “After the 2nd round the top 16 teams from all of Air Force JROTC in the world move on to the championship round,” commented MSgt. Richard Denault. “They were tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, English, math, and science, using SAT/ACT-type questions.”
The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized academic competition founded solely for those students in JROTC programs. Founded by the College Options Foundation, a non-profit organization, the goal of these competitions is to teach and provide the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. However, not every JROTC student participates in these competitions. “The cadets prepared for this through their everyday studies in classes,” stated Denault. “Prior to the competition starting they take a practice round. The top cadets submit their results to me and I take the top 6 students.”
After months of selection, studying, and preparation, our JROTC academic team, consisting of Lionel Gumireddy, Lloyd Gumireddy, Joe Caulkings, and Brian Luebbert-Hill, was able to take home the silver in the 2012 Leadership and Academic Bowl National Championship for North Allegheny.