The Francis Lewis High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) will be among only 26 out of 1,512 teams nationwide to compete in the JROTC National Academic Bowl in June.
Luwei Xiong, Tianhao Zhang, Lisha Zeng and Michele Lee will compete in Washington, D.C., from June 26 to 30 at the campus of The Catholic University of America. The winners of the Army JROTC Academic Championship will go on to compete against the winners of JROTC programs in the Air Force, the Marine Corps, and the Navy.
One of the main goals of the JROTC Academic Bowl is to prepare the participating high school students for state graduation exams and college entrance exams such as the SAT and the ACT.
To qualify for the final championship, the Francis Lewis team had to advance through two rounds of online competition testing them on their knowledge on JROTC curriculum, English, math and science.
The Francis Lewis JROTC program is well known for its academic and competitive achievement. Since 2003 the team has seen over 20 of their former members attending the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, a four-year federal service academy which only accepts 9 percent of applicants. The team also won the National High School Drill Team Championships with an almost perfect score in 2013.