After a victory in the regional competition, Southeast High School's JROTC Leadership Academic Bowl (JLAB) battalion will be heading to Washington, D.C. for the national competition.
Southeast was one of the first place teams in their brigade, which consisted of schools from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.The competition consisted of online play.
The competition in D.C. will take place at the George Mason University campus and requires the Leadership Academic Bowl cadets on the academic team to answer questions relating to SAT and ACT preparation. Leadership team members answer questions about organizational and professional leadership, such as how to properly treat one's subordinates.
The competition also considers battalions' community service hours and fundraising efforts.
Southeast High will be heading to the nation's capitol June 20. While the trip is paid for by the US Army, battalions are still expected to help raise funds on their own.
"We are expected as a courtesy to pay for as much of the trip as possible through fund raising," said freshman Brittani Sudbury, who competes on the academic team. "that is how we help give back to the army."
At the national competition, Southeast High will compete against several number one teams from around the country in leadership and academic events. One sole army winner will compete with winners from the marines, navy and air force.
Sudbury said that no seniors are allowed in JLAB. The leadership and academic teams each consist of one freshman, one sophomore and two juniors.
"Part of the competition is coming up with questions that may be used against other teams," Sudbury said. "This allows us to see how to come up with the answers."
Sudbury and other members train by studying after school.
"We will be very prepared for the SAT," she said. "The leadership team also gets training in social and working roles that you do not gain in ordinary classes."
Sudbury said the academic teams meets once or twice for two or three hours at a time. The leadership team meets for briefings every other day.
Southeast High School's JROTC also has a drill team and a rifle team that compete in events separately, including obstacle courses and marches.
Those teams will not go to Washington, D.C. as they are not a part of the Leadership Academic Bowl.