Conway High's Army JROTC Team finishes the year ranked 12th in the nation, after competing in multiple phases of academic team competition.
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."
A Conway High School Junior is honored nationally among her peers and recognized for excellence in business leadership.
Equasya Samuels, a junior from CHS, won first place in the nation in the Securities and Investments event at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference this Summer. She was awarded a first place trophy and $1000 at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program in July.
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 29–July 2 in Atlanta.
Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 65 business and business-related competitive events.
“Equasya is an exceptional student”, said adviser Alyce Hardee, “She came to me in the fall about competing in FBLA. Even though we do not have a specific class for Securities and Investments, she was in Accounting 1 and Entrepreneurship so we chose this event for her to compete in. She competed at the district and state level placing in both events to be eligible for nationals. She spent countless hours preparing. I am so very proud of her and her accomplishment.”
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