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2 FWISD Schools Among Nation’s Top JROTC Programs Participating in National Leadership and Academic Bowl
JROTC cadets from Fort Worth ISD’s South Hills and North Side high schools are among the nation’s top 3% of JROTC programs participating in the National Leadership and Academic Bowl events this month in Washington, D.C.
Festivities were split over two weeks with JROTC Leadership & Academic teams competing through mid to late July. Sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, this event brings together 40 JROTC teams from across the nation to test their knowledge of current events, leadership values and skills.
Cadets from both South Hills and North Side high schools participated in the following leadership contests, July 19-23:
- Leadership Knowledge Assessment
- Leadership According to the Greats (Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Gen. George C. Marshall and Gen. Colin Powell)
- Leadership Team Activities: Leader Recon Course (LRC), Leadership Gauntlet Course
- Individual Leadership Assessment
This year marks the first time in school history, South Hills High School is competing in National JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl events. The teams are led by retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Lynn Taylor, SHHS coach and senior Army instructor.
The SHHS Leadership Team includes Cadet Capt. Julissa Segura; Cadet First Lieutenant Vanessa Orlando; Cadet Second Lieutenant Clarissa Molina and Cadet Command Sargent Major Ana Rios.
The South Hills JROTC Academic team participated in a Whiz Quiz- style competition against other JROTC programs from across the nation.
Competing on the South Hills Academic Team is Cadet First Lieutenant Deysi Rosas; Cadet Sargent First Class Katya Padilla; Cadet Sargent Ronaldo Torres; Cadet Sargent Jackson Contreras with Cadet Corporal Chelsea Rodriguez as an alternate.
This is the sixth consecutive year FWISD’s North Side High School has had either a leadership or academic team compete in the national finals. The North Side JROTC leadership cadets are led by senior Army instructor retired Maj. Raul Padilla.
Representing North Side High School is Cadet Second Lieutenant Angeles Lopez (Commander); Cadet First Sargent Jasmin Briones; Cadet Sargent First Class Kayla Aviles and Cadet Sargent Ana Gatica. Cadet Captain Marlyn Alvarez, last year’s team commander, will serve as an alternate.
The National JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the value of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.