Van Nuys High School Army JROTC Teams to Compete in the National Academic Bowl and Leadership Championship

LOS ANGELES - After advancing through two phases of online competition, the Van Nuys High School Army JROTC academic team—Sarah Jho (team captain), Jessica Ko, Matthew Lee, Chandler Beon, Masaomi Onoue and Woo Zhong Han—will compete for the national championship in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 Army JROTC Academic Bowl is scheduled June 27-28 at Catholic University. There is second national contest, the Army JROTC Leadership Bowl.  The Van Nuys leadership team—Keith Atienza (team captain), Frances Perez, Robert Ghazaryan, Gloria Yi and Alexandra Shirzad— will also compete for top honors. In the run-up to the final competition, academic teams were tested on questions similar to those found on college entrance exams; the other teams tackled the application of Army JROTC leadership principles.

The Van Nuys teams earned top scores during the initial rounds. Both placed in the top 24 out of the 1,512 teams. They advanced to the finals after excelling in two fast-paced preliminary contests.

One of the main goals of the JROTC Academic Bowl is preparing students for state exit/graduation exams, as well as college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT.  

The winner of the Army JROTC Academic Championship will compete against their counterparts from the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy in the Joint Service Academic Bowl Championship.

The Leadership and Academic Bowls are nationally recognized academic competitions created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the value of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.

The two events are conducted by College Options Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them with their preparation for higher education. Using academic competitions, college exam study guides, college admissions tutorials and personalized counseling, College Options Foundation has assisted the nation’s JROTC cadets for over a decade. 

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Van Nuys High School Army JROTC Academic Bowl Team:  Sarah Jho (team captain), Jessica Ko, Matthew Lee, Chandler Beon, Masaomi Onoue and Woo Zhong Han

Van Nuys High School Army JROTC Leadership Academic Bowl Team:
Keith Atienza (team captain), Frances Perez, Robert Ghazaryan, Gloria Yi and Alexandra Shirzad

Contacts:

Ellen T. Morgan (213) 241-6766                                   
COL Andrew R. Flynn, US Army (Retired) (818) 421-4606 andrew.flynn@lausd.net         
SFC Jorge I. Martinez, US Army (Retired) (310) 256-9258 jorge.i.martinez@lausd.net