After advancing through two phases of competition, the Lonoke High School Jackrabbit Battalion JROTC Leadership Team composed of team captain Jack Bowen, Talon Lackey, Gracie Pasley, Ethan Pennington, Elijah Seigrist and Mikey Shinn will compete in the final Championship round of the 2013 Army JROTC Leadership Symposium in Washington D.C., on the campus of George Mason University, June 21-25, 2013. Four of the six cadets who qualified will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate. This event is sponsored by the Army JROTC and conducted by College Options Foundation.

The Jackrabbit Battalion is the only team in the state to qualify to compete in the championship. The program is under the direction of Senior Army Instructor Col-ret. Chad Sparks and Army Instructor MSG(R) Jefferson Stinson, who have been with the Lonoke Battalion for three years, when the Lonoke JROTC program was established. There are 107 cadets enrolled in the third year program.

During two rounds of competitive online play, Lonoke High School Jackrabbit Battalion JROTC team earned top scores out of the 1,347 teams that competed from across the world to win a place in the National Leadership Symposium and the all-expense paid trip to DC. In these fast-paced rounds cadets were tested on their knowledge of leadership values and skills including leadership tenets from Gen. George C. Marshall. The team is one of only forty Leadership teams in the nation to advance to the finals.

The JROTC Leadership Symposium and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized academic 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.

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. Utilizing academic competitions, college exam study guides, college admissions tutorials and personalized counseling, College Options Foundation has assisted the nation’s 1.1 million JROTC cadets worldwide.