The Daniel Boone Marine Corps JROTC and David Crockett Navy JROTC academic teams have each been selected to compete in the JROTC National Academic championships.
The event will be held in Washington D.C. from June 22-26. Boone and Crockett beat out hundreds of other schools around the country to qualify for the event, marking the first time two schools from one school district qualified for the competition in the same year.
There are over 2,000 JROTC programs in the country representing the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Crockett and Boone had to compete among other programs in their respective service branches in order to compete in the national event, and both schools landed in the field of 32 units contending for service and national championship honors.
The schools will compete against the other schools in their branches. On the final day of the competition, the winning Navy, Marine, Air Force and Army teams will square off for the grand prize.
This is the second time each team has earned a spot in the championships; Boone competed in 2017 while Crockett competed in 2016. Cadets from Crockett and Boone can expect to see a blend of academic, military and current events questions on the first day of the competition. Neither school was able to make it beyond the first round during their last trip, but hopes are high this time around.
Terry Bailey, Jacob Hamm, Devin Kopp, Jacob Phebus and Kayla Royston will make up Crockett’s team while Jalen Bledsoe, Nolan Bledsoe, Madalyn Darnell, Christopher Litteral and Samantha Miller will represent Boone.