TUHSD JROTC Leadership & Academic Teams advance in national competition

Eight Tempe Union High School District students are one step closer to competing in the 2016-2017 Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Leadership and Academic National Championship.

There are three stages of the competition. In November, JROTC units from across the country entered four-person leadership teams and four-person academic teams to compete in Level I of the Leadership and Academic Bowl. The results have just been released and two of Tempe Union’s teams have qualified to compete in Level II of the competition to be held Feb. 1-15, 2017.
The JROTC Leadership Bowl tests cadets on their knowledge by hands-on and interactive learning. One of the main goals of the JROTC Leadership Bowl is to challenge students to think outside the box and encourage them to discover and utilize their leadership styles.
A total of 1,308 JROTC leadership teams participated in Level I. The TUHSD team of Lexi Dodd (Marcos de Niza), Aidan Frison (Desert Vista), Alex Hifler (McClintock) and Adam Marquez (Marcos de Niza), have qualified to advance to February’s Level II competition which will determine the 40 four-person teams which will advance to the Leadership Championship (Level III) to be held in June in Washington, D.C.
The JROTC Academic Bowl tests cadets by using SAT/ACT-type questions in the areas of JROTC curriculum, English, math and science. 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.
A total of 1,452 JROTC academic teams participated in Level I. A Tempe Union team made up of all Desert Vista students - Andrea Hines, Aron Willingham, Johnny Gray and Jaden White - have qualified to advance to Level II in February. From there 24 teams will advance to the National Championship.
A total of 225 students, from all seven of Tempe Union’s high schools participate in the District’s JROTC program, which is based at Marcos de Niza High School. They are under the direction of retired Major Robert Fore.
TUHSD's JROTC  unit was established in 1979 and designated as the 1st Battalion of Infantry. The program has earned the Honor Unit with Distinction Award since 1987. This is the highest level of unit award available for JROTC programs.

TUHSD cadets compete at the state and national level in Rifle Team, Adventure Team, Color Guard and Drill Teams, as well as Leadership and Academic Bowl teams. The program has a strong tradition of community service, performing more than 40 Color Guard presentations each year, volunteering at St. Mary’s Food Bank and cleaning up the community.