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San Marcos High School JROTC Team to Compete in National Academic Bowl Championship
Posted on 03/12/2022

UPDATE - The cadets were also recently featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune, check out the story here: San Diego Union-Tribune: JROTC teams to compete in D.C.
San Marcos High School JROTC Team to Compete in National Academic Bowl Championship in Washington, D.C. 



San Marcos High School’s JROTC Academic Team recently participated in the 2021-2022 JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl (JLAB), and after advancing through two intense phases of online competition, earned a spot to compete in a Championship event in Washington, DC. 

The 2022 U.S. Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl Championship will be held on the campus of The Catholic University of America, June 24-28, 2022. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force JROTC and is conducted by the College Options Foundation.

San Marcos High School’s JROTC earned top scores out of the 582 Air Force JROTC academic teams that competed from around the world. The San Marcos High School team is one of only sixteen Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the final competition, which includes an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC. 

During the two fast-paced preliminary rounds, cadets were tested on their knowledge of core curriculum such as math, science, and language arts as well as current events, citizenship, leadership skills, and financial literacy. Financial literacy videos are sponsored by the USAA Educational Foundation and provided to all cadets. Questions from the videos were included in Levels I and II of the online competition.
photo of JROTC students

JROTC Team pictured from left to right: Cadet Paolo Castillo, Cadet Faith Duarte, Cadet Tiernan Clark, Cadet Anne Sun, Cadet Lyric Butler, Cadet Connor McCluskey.

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About JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl 

The JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.


About College Options Foundation

College Options Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in 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 worldwide for nearly two decades. 

About San Marcos Unified School District The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) is one of the top five school districts in San Diego County, providing an unparalleled educational experience. SMUSD operates 19 schools and serves over 19,000 students annually. Led by Superintendent Dr. Andy Johnsen and a five-member Governing Board, together they seek to cultivate an engaging and supportive environment by retaining the region’s top educators, where students are challenged, inspired, and poised to excel. 


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