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MHS JROTC to compete in Washington, DC

Photo of MHS JROTC members

Members of the Meridian High School JROTC are 1st row, pictured from left: CW3 Retired Deric Mitchell, Cadet Shyniia Kelley, Cadet Markecia Mckee, Cadet Ly'Kecia Cole, 1SG Retired Marvin Nance. 2nd Row: Cadet Bobby Lewis IV, Cadet Jolia Brassfield, Cadet Kurdarius MccLelland. 3rd Row: Cadet Jakobe Moore, Cadet Taderriyon Forbes, Cadet D'Andre Brown, and Principal Mrs. Angela McQuarley. MHS JROTC members Sh’Nyiia Kelley, Ly’Kecia Cole, Bobby Lewis IV, and Taderriyon Forbes will participate in the Championship event in Washington, DC from June 21-25, 2024.


Following two online rounds of rigorous competition against teams from all over the world, the Meridian High School’s JROTC Academic Team, comprised of Sh’Nyiia Kelley, Ly’Kecia Cole, Bobby Lewis IV, and Taderriyon Forbes, has secured a coveted spot in the Championship event in Washington, DC.

“This is a great accomplishment being 1 out of 32 schools to be selected to compete in the JROTC Academic Bowl Championship,” said Chief Deric Mitchell, MHS JROTC Senior Instructor. “The students really worked hard to make this happen, and the Cadets are excited about the opportunity to compete in the National Competition and visit Washington DC.”

The 2024 U.S. Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship is taking place at The Catholic University of America campus from June 21-25, 2024. This prestigious event is sponsored by the U.S. Army JROTC and organized by College Options Foundation.

MHS’ JROTC team emerged with top honors among the 2,007 Army JROTC academic teams worldwide.

Their achievement places them among the elite thirty-two Army JROTC Academic Bowl teams in the country, earning them an all-expense paid trip to the Championship event in DC.

The preliminary rounds, marked by their intensity and speed, assessed cadets on a range of subjects –  including core curriculum such as math, science, and language arts, along with evaluations of their grasp on current events, citizenship, leadership skills, and financial literacy. Notably, financial literacy videos sponsored by the USAA Educational Foundation were integral to the competition, with questions derived from these videos featured in Levels I and II of the online rounds.

The JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl stands as a nationally recognized competition tailored exclusively for JROTC students. Through participation, cadets imbibe the values of citizenship, engage in academic rivalry, and explore avenues for college opportunities. This platform provides a remarkable avenue for JROTC cadets to demonstrate their leadership and academic prowess.

College Options Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to enhancing the academic journey of high school students and aiding them in their pursuit of higher education, has been instrumental in supporting the academic development of JROTC cadets worldwide for nearly two decades. Leveraging academic competitions, college exam study guides, admissions tutorials, and personalized counseling, College Options Foundation continues to empower the
nation’s JROTC cadets.


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