MHS JROTC cadets advance in Academic and Leadership Bowl competitions

Publish Date: 02/08/2021

Marion High School JROTC cadets have advanced to the second level of the Army JROTC Leadership Bowl and Academic Bowl competitions. 

More than 3,200 teams representing Army JROTC programs from high schools across the country and around the world entered these contests. 

The Marion cadets will now compete in the second round against the remaining 60 other teams in their division, all hoping to advance to the Army JROTC Leadership and Academic Championships and the JROTC Tri-Service Leadership and Academic Bowl’s Championship to be held in Washington, D.C., this June. The second level of testing concludes March 5.

“This is only the fifth time cadets from Marion High School have advanced to the second round in both of these categories,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the program’s Senior Army Instructor. “Many do not realize the strong academic component of JROTC, thinking we merely emphasize discipline and fitness. These results speak well of our cadets and the leadership development and general education they have received thus far.”

The Giant Battalion’s leadership team is composed of cadets Nic Elliott, Cory Rice, Evan Ray, Gabe Holland, Steven Fuller, and Tyrone Banks. The Academic Bowl Team comprises cadets Jaron Hofmann, Haden Montgomery, Joseph Cheung, Stephany Miksch, Dajaia Weaver, and Jocelyn Lopez-Gomez. Team members are pulled only from the freshman, sophomore and junior classes.

The Leadership Bowl tests cadets’ knowledge about leadership, in addition to other JROTC subject matter.  Cadets are also tested on their knowledge of current events.

The Academic Bowl tests cadets’ knowledge of common academic subjects similar to the SAT or ACT exams, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“I think it would be a great experience to be able to be the first team from Marion High School to advance to the finals in Washington, D.C.,” Cadet Ray said, “but, obviously, we have to do well in the next round.” 

The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowls are sponsored in part by the College Options Foundation. One of the main goals of these bowls is to prepare students for state graduation exams as well as college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT.