A group of Carroll County high schoolers are heading to Washington D.C. to compete in military-sponsored academic bowl championship at the end of June, the Carroll County Public Schools announced Tuesday.
The four students who comprise the Century High School JROTC Academic Team – Blake Rodgers, Riley Brown, Mariana Caplan, and Paul Olson – will compete from June 21 to 25 in the 2019 U.S. Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship held at Catholic University.
The Century High School team earned top scores when competing against 1,411 other Army JROTC teams from around the world, the school district’s statement said. They will be among 32 teams heading to the finalsx, receiving an all-expense paid trip to D.C. for the championships.
In previous rounds, students were tested in subjects like English, math, science, and the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) curriculum. The competition is designed to prepare students for state-level graduation exams and college placement exams like the SAT and ACT.
The contests are designed to cultivate leadership and academic excellence among participating students. Winners of the competition will go on to face the winners of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy JROTC Academic Bowls at the JROTC Joint Service Academic Bowl Championships.