Bastrop High School JROTC team headed to national championship

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BASTROP, La. (KNOE 8 News & Colonel (Retired) Stephen Jeselink) - After advancing through two phases of online competition, the Bastrop High School’s JROTC Leadership Team will compete in person at the final Championship event of The 2015 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship in Washington D.C.

The team composed of Jacob VanCoevering, Allison Hill (Team Captain), Nichole Lowe, Alicia Senter, and Chandler Fagan
will travel to the University of America, June 26-30, 2015.

This event is sponsored by the Army JROTC and is conducted by College Options Foundation.

During the initial two rounds of competitive online play, Bastrop High School’s JROTC team earned top scores out of the 1,320 teams that competed from around the world to win a place in the National Leadership Bowl competition and the all-expense paid trip to DC.

The team is one of only forty Army JROTC Academic Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the finals. In the fast-paced preliminary rounds, cadets were tested on their knowledge of leadership values and skills including leadership tenets from Gen. George C. Marshall.

The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity.

The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.
College Options Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education.

Colonel (Retired) Stephen Jeselink, Sergeant First Class (Retired) Fredrick Harrison, and Sergeant First Class (Retired) Tina May are the Army Instructors for the Bastrop High School JROTC Program.