PikeView JROTC

WASHINGTON D.C. — After much hard work, a local JROTC team advanced to the National Academic Bowl (JLAB) in Washington D.C on June 23.

The Pikeview High School Army JROTC Academic Bowl team competed in the national championship after succeeding in previous challenges. Being one of only 32 Army JROTC high school teams that qualified for the championship competition, this is an incredible accomplishment.

Sponsored by the College Option Foundation, students were tested in topics such as math, science, geography, history, English, and more. “The material is basically ACT and SAT topics, to prepare them for college,” Pikeview’s 1st Sgt. Compton said of the championship.

According to Compton, the students began competing in November where they then advanced to the next level. Before a team can be named reigning champ, they must first compete in the championship throughout their branch. Once a team is crowned champion of the Army JROTC for example, then they go head to head against the other opposing branches of service, Compton said.

“We really feel that we have a quality program and it just confirms that,” Compton said.

At the championship 108 JROTC teams competed across all four branches. Prior to the championship competition, 3,000 teams competed.

Of the final results of the competition, White Station High School, of Memphis, Tennessee, won the Army section. The grand championship was won by a Navy JROTC team, according to Compton.

“This was our first time going to the championship. We finished 6 — 3 and ranked 11th out of the 32 Army schools,” Compton said, “We’re very proud of our kids.”

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