Army JROTC Leadership-Academic Bowl
Nearly 300 Army JROTC cadets from 67 high schools attended the three-day 2011 U.S. Army JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl that was held at George Mason Univ. near Washington in late June. The annual event was sponsored by the Marshall Foundation and College Options Foundation.
The reach of JROTC involvement in this event is impressive. Beginning with the first round of competition online in November, more than 1,650 Army JROTC programs in every state and U.S. territory and in Department of Defense Schools in Europe and the Pacific participated in a process that led to the “finals.” The top-scoring Leadership Teams were invited by U.S. Army Cadet Command to engage in the “live” championship rounds at George Mason.
In addition to the leadership teams, the top-scoring academic teams participated in the Academic Bowl finals where they were challenged by questions about U.S. history, military history and foreign policy.
Because of Marshall’s incomparable stature as a person of honor and his apolitical reputation, his leadership qualities of candor, selflessness, commitment, integrity and courage were one of five categories from which Bowl questions were designed. Current events, the Army JROTC curriculum pertaining to leadership, Winning Colors, and Thinking Maps rounded out the subject matter that challenged the cadet teams.
The Army JROTC curriculum is enhanced with study and application of Marshall’s leadership principles.