|Championship round to be held at George Mason University in June|
Franklin County High School’s Air Force JROTC academic team, composed of cadets (from left) Dylan Settle, Jonathan Scott, Nicholas Eble and Sydney Brown, will compete in the final championship round of the 2013 Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
After advancing through two rounds of competition, Franklin County High School's Air Force JROTC academic team will go to Washington, D.C., this summer to compete in the final championship round of the 2013 Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl June 21-25 at George Mason University.
Franklin County's team, one of only 16 Air Force JROTC teams in the nation to advance to the finals, consists of cadets Dylan Settle, Jonathan Scott, Nicholas Eble and Sydney Brown.
Competing against over 260 teams from around the world, Franklin County's team earned top scores to secure their place in the finals, which includes this all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
In two fast-paced rounds of online competition, students were tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, English, math and science, using SAT/ACT-type questions.
"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," said the team's coach Kevin Fuccella, MSgt., USAF (Ret.)
The winner of the Air Force championship will compete against the winners of the Army, Marine Corps and Navy JROTC Academic Bowl champions in the JROTC All-Service Academic Bowl Championship.
The JROTC Leadership 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, Fuccella said.
The event is sponsored by the Air Force JROTC and conducted by the College Options Foundation.
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, according to its website.
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.
To learn more about College Options Foundation or the JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl, visit collegeoptionsfoundation.net.