PEMBROKE — Purnell Swett High School’s JROTC Academic Team will be competing in the nation’s capital.
The team advanced through two phases of online competition to earn the right to compete June 23-27 in the U.S. Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship to be held on the campus of The Catholic University of America. The Purnell Swett team members are Calvin Jones, Dakota Locklear, Justin Locklear and Talon Oxendine. The competition is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, JROTC Headquarters and is conducted by College Options Foundation.
Purnell Swett High School’s JROTC team earned top scores out of the 1,498 Army JROTC teams that competed from around the world. The team is one of only 24 Army JROTC Academic Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the National Academic Bowl competition, which includes an all-expense paid trip to the championship event.
During the two preliminary rounds, students were tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, English, math and science. One of the main goals of the JROTC Academic Bowl is to prepare students for state exit/graduation exams and college entrance exams.
The winner of the championship will compete against the winners of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy JROTC Academic Bowls in the JROTC Joint Service Academic Bowl Championship.
The JROTC Leadership & 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.
College Options Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them with their preparation for higher education.