MHS JROTC cadets advance in academic and leadership competitions

Publish Date: 02/27/2019
Cadets from the Marion High School JROTC program have advanced to the second level of the Army JROTC Leadership Bowl and Academic Bowl competitions.

More than 2,400 teams representing JROTC programs from high schools across the country and around the world entered these contests. The Giants were one of only two JROTC programs from the state of Indiana to have teams advance in both disciplines.

“This is the fourth time cadets from Marion High School have advanced to the second round in both of these categories,” said Lt. Col. David Farlow, the program’s Senior Army Instructor. “It speaks well of our cadets and the leadership development and general education they have received thus far.”

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, the JROTC Tri-Service Leadership and Academic Bowl’s Championship. All of these competitions will be held this June in Washington, D.C. The second level of testing will begin in March.

The Giant Battalion’s Leadership Team is composed of cadets Kaleb Starr, Lucas Riley, Tyron Rice, Jessica Pickell, Kylee O’Neil and Kayleina O’Donnell.  The Academic Bowl Team is composed of cadets Josiah Hamilton, Levi Hofmann, Abigail Baird, Jillayne Bass, I’Yela Hornaday and Jaron Hofmann.

“It is exciting to advance to advance to the second round of the competition,” Cadet Starr said.

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.

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 exit/graduation exams as well as college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT.