Monday, July 22, 2013

Top Air Force JROTC academic team is from Scripps Ranch High

After nine rounds of competition, the Scripps Ranch High School Air Force JROTC academic team, composed of William Hang, William Jiang, Stephenie Reid, and Anita Ho took first place in the 2013 Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl Championship. It's the second year in a row that Scripps Ranch High has topped the Air Force JROTC competition.

Scripps Ranch JROTC instructor retired Col. Robert M.
Hogan, left,
Stephenie Reid,
William Hang, William Jiang
Anita Ho, the Scripps Ranch High
JROTC Academic Bowl team.
In the Joint Service Academic Finals, Scripps Ranch placed third, ahead of Marine JROTC Rio Rancho High School, Rio Rancho, NM. Taking first prize was was the Navy JROTC of Moon Valley High School, Phoenix, Ariz.; in second was the Army JROTC from Marmion Academy, Aurora, Ill.

Scripps Ranch High School Air Force JROTC team earned top scores out of the more than 200 teams that competed from around the world to win a place in the finals, which included an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The team was one of only 16 Air Force JROTC teams to advance to the finals.

In the two fast-paced rounds of online competition, students were tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, English, math, social studies and science, using SAT/ACT-type questions. According to sponsor College Options Foundations, one of the main goals of the JROTC Academic Bowl is to prepare students for state exit/graduation exams as well as college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT.

The competition was held in June 21-25 at George Mason University in Washington, D.C.
According to College Options Foundations, the JROTC Leadership Symposium and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized academic competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.

College Options Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education. Utilizing academic competitions, college exam study guides, college admissions tutorials and personalized counseling, College Options Foundation has assisted the nation’s 1.1 million JROTC cadets.