HomeNewsArticle Display

AF celebrates three-peat win at JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl

Air Force celebrates three-peat win at the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Leadership and Academic Bowl

Cadets Alan Hang, Jackwin Hui, Albert Gu and Raymond Sun from Scripps Ranch High School, San Diego, compete at the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Leadership and Academic Bowl in Washington, D.C., June 24. The cadets from Scripps Ranch High School, San Diego, won the Junior ROTC Academic Bowl for the third year in a row. The Junior ROTC Academic Bowl is a multi-level competition that high school Junior ROTC units from each service participate in throughout the school year. The competition includes a mix of Junior ROTC curriculum, English, Math and Science, all skills that contribute to the Air Force Junior ROTC core mission of developing citizens of character. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Air Force celebrates three-peat win at the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Leadership and Academic Bowl

Television icon Alex Trebek speaks to cadets participating in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Leadership and Academic Bowl in Washington, D.C., June 24. Trebek and his production team from the game show “Jeopardy” interviewed participating cadets for a chance to qualify and be selected for the Jeopardy Teen Tournament. The Junior ROTC Academic Bowl is a multi-level competition that high school Junior ROTC units from each service participate in throughout the school year. The competition includes a mix of Junior ROTC curriculum, English, Math and Science, all skills that contribute to the Air Force Junior ROTC core mission of developing citizens of character. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Air Force celebrates three-peat win at the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Leadership and Academic Bowl

Cadets Alan Hang, Jackwin Hui, Albert Gu and Raymond Sun from Scripps Ranch High School, San Diego, celebrate their third win at the Junior ROTC Academic Bowl in Washington, D.C., June 25 with Col. Paul Lips (left), director of Air Force JROTC, and instructor Lt. Col. Michael Sheldon (right), Junior ROTC instructor at Scripps Ranch High School. The Junior ROTC Academic Bowl is a multi-level competition that high school Junior ROTC units from each service participate in throughout the school year. The competition includes a mix of Junior ROTC curriculum, English, Math and Science, all skills that contribute to the Air Force Junior ROTC core mission of developing citizens of character. (Courtesy Photo)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) -- The Air Force took top honors for the third year in a row at the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Leadership and Academic Bowl in Washington, D.C., June 23-25.

The Air Force Junior ROTC team from Scripps Ranch High School, San Diego, battled it out to take home the trophy for the third time. 

Even for returning champions, there was still a level of uncertainty on how tough the competition would be. 

 

“For me, the most difficult part was definitely not knowing how the other teams are doing - what their strengths and weaknesses are,” said Cadet Jackwin Hui, from Scripps Ranch High School. “So going into each new game, it’s an entirely new scenario and really just approaching what needed to be done.”

 

Television host Alex Trebek and his production team from the game show “Jeopardy” added to the excitement of this year’s competition, interviewing cadets for an upcoming teen version of the show. While the Junior ROTC Academic Bowl is an educational program designed to prepare students for high school exit and college entrance exams, it also served to educate Trebek.

 

“This event is an eye-opener,” Trebek said. “I had heard of ROTC.  I had not heard about Junior ROTC and all of the goals that it tries to fulfill for the young students before they get to college.”

 

The Junior ROTC Academic Bowl is a multi-level competition for high school Junior ROTC units to participate in throughout the school year. Following online qualifying rounds, 16 teams traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete for the chance to represent the Air Force in the championship round. This year, 327 Air Force Junior ROTC teams participated, an increase of 80 teams from last year’s competition.

 

The competition includes a mix of Junior ROTC curriculum, English, Math and Science, all skills that contribute to the Air Force Junior ROTC core mission of developing citizens of character. 

 

“Our goal is to support our country,” said Col. Paul Lips, Director Air Force Junior ROTC. “But, these are high school kids and they are learning what it takes to succeed by showing hard work and dedication to a team, putting the team first, and going out there and competing.”

 

Representing the Air Force from Scripps Ranch High School were cadets Raymond Sun, Albert Gu, Alan Hang and Jackwin Hui, led by their Junior ROTC instructors, Lt. Col. Michael Sheldon and Master Sgt. Ferdinand Toledo.

“This competition is a true testament to the word teamwork,” said Scotty Lewis, deputy director of Air Force Junior ROTC. “To prepare a winning team took countless hours of preparation, discipline and studying, as well as guidance provided by the instructors and team mentors, to compete at the level required.”


Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Training and repetition is key to being #AlwaysReady Exercises like #SouthernStrike2020 allow our Airmen to work with tot…
Over 100 aircraft are flying over the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Federated States of Micr… https://t.co/XwsxbIXET9
RT @PACAF: Gen. CQ Brown Jr. met w/ allies & partners from across the Indo-Pacific & beyond @SGAirshow to showcase U.S. commitment & discus…
Good luck to all the drivers in today's #Daytona500, but we may be a bit biased on who we want to win it all.… https://t.co/PDLqBdl39X
Thanks for a great game @LAKings and @Avalanche. #ICYMI the @NHL Stadium series made a stop at the @AF_academy las… https://t.co/VyNsvpQM6o
RT @Creech_AFB: Singapore Airshow has been flying by (🥁-tss) meeting with international friends & partners! Repub. of Singapore Air Force…
Our own TSgt Nalani Quintello, vocalist with @USAFBand Max Impact, will perform the National Anthem prior to the 62… https://t.co/Asf5dTlXU8
RT @SecAFOfficial: Valuable hands-on experience @RAFMildenhall! Grateful to meet innovative #Airmen executing complex missions around the w…
RT @USAFCENT: COMBAT SEARCH AND RECOVERY | Recently USAF HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters refueled over the Arabian Gulf from a U.S. Air Force…
RT @AETCommand: It takes a ton of people to ensure our aircraft get in the air so we can train @usairforce pilots to fly, fight & win! Che…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Humbled each day to serve in the same @usairforce Brig Gen Charles McGee paved the way for. He is a genuine #American
The @AFThunderbirds will be flying over ✈️ the #DAYTONA500 🏎️ this Sunday. https://t.co/iTN0qtu0e0
RT @USAFReserve: Beating Bad Weather: Command announces indoor alternative to physical fitness assessment - https://t.co/cP93Ijrbtw #Reserv
A U.S. Air Force AC-130J Ghostrider taxis on a flightline as a French Air Force C-130 lands at Alpena Combat Readin… https://t.co/hNTIhvJYvD
Don't miss the @NHL, @LAKings vs @Avalanche playing at the @AF_Academy this Saturday at 6 P.M. MST. Good luck to bo… https://t.co/KF9WqHlqaS
Happy Valentine's Day! https://t.co/ITdKRQ8Pm8
The first senior enlisted advisor for the U.S. Space Force has been named. Roger A. Towberman, welcome to the team! https://t.co/R8Fr98q4Jn
RT @AFGlobalStrike: Feb. has been a busy month for AFGSC, with a Bomber Task Force mission to the Indo-Pacific Theater & last week's unarme…
RT @AF_Academy: ❄️ Check out this timelapse of the @NHL transforming Falcon Stadium from football to an outdoor ice arena primed for Saturd…