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Reagan places 3rd at Army Academic National Championship

Reagan places 3rd at Army Academic National Championship

The Reagan High School Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Academic Team placed third at the National JROTC Leadership and Academics Bowl (JLAB) held June 22 - 26 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The Johnson High School JROTC Leadership team also competed in the national competition and performed quite well.

This was the the first time in Reagan's school history that a JROTC Academic team won a chance to participate in the JLAB on the national level. The academic team consists of team captain Mackenzie Jones, primary members, Theo Kaberides, Tony Bellm, and Samir Wadhwania with alternates Gabrielle Millare and David Pagao.

To qualify, the Reagan team had to advance through two rounds of competitive online play placing high enough to represent the hundreds of schools with Army JROTC in our region. Only 24 teams out of over 1,700 Army JROTC programs worldwide advanced to the national competition.

Competition began the morning of June 23 with 15 rounds in the preliminary event. Each team competed in nine of the 15 rounds. Each round had four quarters with questions covering Math, Science, Social Studies, and English with each round lasting about 30 minutes. The questions varied in difficulty and point value with a few of our rounds decided in the fourth quarter.

The preliminary 15 rounds were completed by noon on June 24. Reagan’s team finished this preliminary round with eight victories and one loss. But the win/loss total, as well as combined points earned, placed the Reagan team fourth overall earning a bye for the next round. Eight teams played in the quarter finals with Reagan opposing the team that they lost to in the preliminary rounds.

"However, team captain MacKenzie Jones had learned a few lessons from our one loss, applied those lessons, with our team winning this round with a wide point margin," said Paul Loveless, JROTC instructor.

With this victory Reagan moved to the semi-finals but faced a very tough team, Saint Thomas Academy from Mendota Heights, Minnesota, a private military school. They are an experienced, well prepared team but this was a close round not decided until the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, this round went to Saint Thomas with a score of 235 to Reagan’s 210.

With the completion of this round Reagan locked up the 3d place trophy for the Army Academic Bowl. And, Saint Thomas went on to win the Army Academic Bowl as well as the Tri Service Bowl beating Air Force and Navy JROTC teams by a wide margin.

As part of this program all teams were treated to a self guided tour of our Nation’s Capitol on June 25. With just six hours for the tour our team viewed the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the American History Museum.

"It was tiring but possibly among the most inspiring six hours of all of our lives," said Loveless.

Reagan places 3rd at Army Academic National Championship Reagan places 3rd at Army Academic National Championship

Posted on June 26, 2012, updated June 27, 2012