JROTC wins national championship for academic leadership


Nathan Smith and Issak Flores

On Jun. 24, the FUHS JROTC won the JROTC Academic and Leadership Bowl in Washington D.C.

FUHS won with a final score of 280-200 against Simon G. Atkins Academic and Technology High School from Winston-Salem, NC.

“There’s a preliminary competition and it’s online,” Miller said. “50% of about 3,000 schools make it to the second round. Only the top 32 teams advance to the final round in D.C,” said senior Joshua Miller.

Miller was under a lot of pressure in preparing for the event.

“We hadn’t really had a lot of experience with that type of event,” Miller said. “It’s a quiz bowl type competition, so really all of our preparation was studying anything and everything.  Even all the textbooks we had from school.”

Winning was a huge accomplishment for the team.

“We honestly thought we’d make it to the first elimination round or the quarterfinal round, but we took it all the way to the finals and won that. We were pretty stunned and really happy because we had been studying for the past several months,” Miller said.

Congratulations to the FUHS JROTC program for winning the national title for the Academic and Leadership Bowl.