BY MADELINE NELSON
Two teams from Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows are competing at the 2018 U.S. Army JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl in Washington, D.C. after earning some of the highest scores worldwide in two phases of online competition.
Francis Lewis’ JROTC Leadership Team earned top scores out of 1,329 Army JROTC Leadership teams at high schools worldwide. Additionally, the school’s JROTC Academic Team attained top scores out of the 1,393 Army JROTC teams that competed from around the world.
The Francis Lewis High School JROTC Leadership Team includes Alan Cao, Tylon Guan, Osna Hakimi, and Ruba Elroubi. The team is one of only 40 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the National Leadership Bowl competition, which includes an all-expense paid trip to the championship event in the nation’s Capitol.
The Leadership Bowl’s questions are based on the cadet’s knowledge of current events, leadership values, and leadership skills.
Meanwhile, the Francis Lewis JROTC Academic Bowl team — which includes Shannon Gunawan, Angela Chen, Nandy Zheng, and Ruth Perez — is one of only 32 Army JROTC Academic Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the National Academic Bowl competition. The winner of the Academic Bowl Championship will compete in the JROTC Joint Service Academic Bowl Championship against the winners of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy JROTC Academic Bowls.
The Academic Bowl’s goal is to prepare cadets for state exit/graduation exams and college entrance standardized tests. Students are tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, Math, Science, and English.
Both the U.S. Army JROTC Leadership Bowl and Academic Bowl Championships will be held from June 22-26 on the campus of The Catholic University of America.