Johnson High JROTC earns National Champion title


The Johnson High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Leadership Team earned the National Tri-Service Champion title at the JROTC Leadership and Academics Bowl (JLAB) in Washington, D.C., June 24-28.


After advancing through earlier phases of the national competition, Johnson JROTC had both its Academic Team and Leadership Team and Roosevelt High School had its Academic Team participate and represent the 5th ROTC Brigade and North East ISD in the final championships. The Johnson Academic Team were named runner-up in the final championships in the army competition.


“The cadets participation clearly show the breadth and depth of the JROTC curriculum, which supports the campus academic curriculum,” said Director of Army Instruction Colonel (Ret.) Robert Henson. “This National competition will give these cadets the opportunity to meet other student cadets from around the world and share experiences, knowledge, and be exposed to this large competitive world in which they will be leading in the future.”


Only 24 JROTC Academic Teams out of 1,316 across the nation and 40 Leadership Teams out of 1,138 participated in the final championships. This was the second trip for Johnson, out of the school’s three-year existence. The Johnson JROTC program is one of four of the 1,645 eligible JROTC units around the world that qualified both their Academic and Leadership Teams to compete in this National event.


“This group of student cadets shows the San Antonio community and the United States Army Cadet Command that the North East Independent School District is staying on target with our pursuit of Academic Excellence, while maintaining the 360 degree development of all our students,” said Henson. “We are about creating opportunity for these youngsters to achieve success and these high caliber competitive events prepare our students to be the leaders of tomorrow.”


The JLAB is a national competition designed to help JROTC cadets learn the values of citizenship, apply the principles of leadership, and compete in a nationwide academic competition while opening doors to gain college opportunities. The competition is sponsored by the United States Army JROTC Cadet Command, the George C. Marshall Foundation and the College Options Foundation.


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