Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is a national citizenship program designed to motivate young people to be strong leaders and better citizens.

FORT KNOX, Ky. -- Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) teams from 86 schools nationwide, as well as overseas, will gather to compete in the 2012 JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB), on the campus of George Mason University, June 22 -- 26, 2012.

The Academic Bowl Competition features JROTC units from all three services. Competition began with almost 2,000 units competing in successive rounds in which the cadets took online quizzes.

The Cadets were tested on their knowledge using SAT/ACT-type questions in the areas of JROTC curriculum, English, math and science. One of the main goals of the JROTC Academic Bowl is to prepare students for state exit/graduation exams as well as college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT. Only 46 teams in the nation advanced to the finals -- 24 Army JROTC teams, 16 Air Force JROTC teams, and six Navy JROTC teams.

The winner of the Army, Air Force and Navy Academic Bowl competitions will compete in the newly established JROTC Tri-Service Academic Bowl Championship.

In addition, 40 Army JROTC teams (of the 1,345 who began the competition) will compete in the National Leadership Symposium. In the fast-paced qualifying rounds of this competition cadets were tested on their knowledge of leadership values and skills including leadership tenets from Gen. George C. Marshall.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT: The program on Saturday night, June 23, is a College and Careers Program for all the cadets. It features presentations from the three service academies as well as area college ROTC detachments and will include remarks by Michele S. Jones, Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense, and Tunde Adapegba, Diversity Chief of Staff, Niagara University. Location: Dewberry Hall -- Johnson Center, George Mason University, 7 p.m.

For the first time this year, various parts of the JLAB schedule can be viewed live over the internet. The schedule is:
-Navy Academic Bowl Navy Final (Saturday, June 23, 2:45 p.m.)
-Air Force Academic Bowl Final (Saturday, June 23, 3:30 p.m.)
-Army Academic Bowl Final (Sunday, June 24, 4:00 p.m.)
-Leadership Symposium Classroom work (Saturday, June 23, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.)
-College and Career Night Presentations (Saturday, June 23, 7:15 - 8:00 p.m.)
-Tri-Service Academic Bowl Final (Sunday, June 24, 5:00 p.m.)
-Awards Ceremony (Monday, June 25, 7:30 p.m.)

To view the events live, go to the following site:

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