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MHS JROTC Leadership Team to compete in Washington D.C.
 
 
 Mustang High School's JROTC team will make its ninth appearance in 11 years at the Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship in Washington, D.C. In the preliminary rounds, the team tied for first place in a multi-state region. Pictured are (from left) Cadet SFC Jessica McKinney, a sophomore; Cadet 2LT Baylee Russell, a junior; Team Captain Cadet 2LTC Michael Sage Hester, a junior; Cadet SFC Jackson Ridgeway, a sophomore; Cadet SSG Joseph Ross, a sophomore; and Cadet SFC Blake Rouner, a sophomore.


After advancing through two phases of online competition, Mustang High School’s JROTC Leadership Team will compete in person at the 2016 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship in Washington, DC. The event will be held on the campus of The Catholic University of America, June 24-28, 2016.  The MHS team tied for first place in its region, which includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Mustang is the only team in Oklahoma to qualify for the 2016 National Championship.

The team is composed of Michael Sage Hester (11th), Baylee Russell (11th), Joseph Ross (10th), Jackson Ridgeway (10th), Jessica McKinney (10th) and Blake Rouner (10th). Mustang High School’s JROTC team earned top scores out of the 1,378 Army JROTC teams that competed from around the world. The team is one of only 40 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the National Leadership Bowl competition, which includes an all-expense paid trip to the championship event in DC. During the two fast-paced preliminary rounds, cadets were tested on their knowledge of current events, leadership values and leadership skills.

Team captain, 2nd Lieutenant Michael Hester, was a member of last year's team that traveled to D.C and finished ninth in the nation.

"I feel good about our chances this year," he said. "I feel like we can win it all."

The JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl (JLAB) is a nationally recognized competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The competition creates tremendous  opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities. This event is sponsored by the Army JROTC and is conducted by College Options Foundation.

College Options Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education.  Using academic competitions, college exam study guides, college admissions tutorials and personalized counseling, College Options Foundation has assisted the nation’s JROTC cadets worldwide for over a decade.
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