Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Speck says the Army JROTC Academic Team Competition began with Phase I in October of 2015. More than 1500 teams of 4 cadets each, from high schools across the United States and Department of Defense schools internationally competed. Roughly the top 50 percent continued on to Phase II during February 2016.
Phases I and II were computer-based timed tests conducted from the high school’s own campus. From there, the top 24 teams (Top 1.5%) were invited to travel to the Catholic University of America campus in Washington DC in June.
The team was composed of 4 rising seniors who competed in nine rounds of head-to-head competition conducted in quiz-bowl style. They ultimately finished 12th nationally (Top 0.75%). They were also given the opportunity to spend one day sight-seeing the nation’s capital landmarks.
Colonel Speck says their team made the trip ready to play.
"Our Wampus Cat Cadets did a fantastic job!" says Speck. "Most of the other schools that competed were private schools and military academies. Most of the 24 teams had been to the finals before. Even though it was our first trip, our cadets adapted quickly to the competition and competed in the playoffs. I could not be prouder of these cadets."