The Joint Leadership & Academic Bowl (JLAB) Championships!
Academic Team Competes At The Joint Leadership & Academic Bowl (JLAB) Championships In Washington DC 23-27 June 2023.
3rd in the nation!
Alice Cooper sang, "School's Out For Summer!" Not so for Patriot Company's Academic Team.
Just two days after school concluded for the year, Patriot Company's Academic Team, led by senior and team captain Cadet Lieutenant Jefferey Lin, and seniors Cadet Lieutenant Commander Eowyn Ream, Cadet Petty Officer First Class Rachel Kollarmalil, and sophomore Cadet Petty Officer Second Class Shreyas Kolwalker, boarded and plane and traveled to Washington DC to compete in the Joint Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB)_Championships. This is the second time in the last three years Patriot Company's Academic Team has qualified for the national championships.
JLAB is a nationwide leadership and academic competition between all JROTC units (Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps) around the world. Teams are made up of four primary and two alternate cadets from the Naval Science 1-3 classes (Naval Science 4 cadets are not eligible to participate). Two qualifying rounds are conducted during the school year and these rounds are completed entirely on line. The six cadets making up the a team take one 50 question test covering such subjects as math, science, history, English, civics/government, etc. and answer the test as a team. Teams scoring in the top 50% move on to the second round. The second round is conducted in the same fashion with the top eight teams from each service branch moving on to the in-person championships at Catholic University of America in Washington DC. from 23-26 June.
During the in-person championships, the eight Navy teams competed against one another during five rounds of competition. After the five rounds, Patriot Company was in second place with three wins and two losses and moved on to the semifinals. Unfortunately, Patriot Company found themselves on the losing end in the semi-final round but still brought home the Third Place trophy out of over 800 Navy JROTC academic teams that entered the competition!
During the four day event, the cadets also had the opportunity to tour Washington DC that included various monuments/memorials, the National Air and Space Museum and the International Spy Museum.
We are so proud and honored to celebrate you! Go Patriots!
(Left to Right) Chief Spears and cadets Rachel Kollarmalil, Jefferey Lin, Shreyas Kolwalker, and Eowyn Ream hold the trophy for finishing in third place of the Joint Leadership and Academic Bowl Championships held in Washington DC from 23-27 June 2023. Over 800 NJROTC academic teams participated in the competition. (Photo courtesy of Anna Ream Photography)
L to R: Cadets Ewoyn Ream, Rachel Kollarmalil, Shreyas Kolwalkar, and Jefferey Lin prepare for one of the preliminary rounds of the JLAB competition. (Photo courtesy of Anna Ream Photography)
Patriot Company cadets (left) got to compete and interact with cadets from around the country. On the right is the team from Hilton Head, S.C. who finished second overall. (Photo courtesy of Anna Ream Photography)
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