Rayburn JROTC team marches to National Leadership Bowl Championship in D.C.
The Rayburn High School JROTC Leadership Team prepares for the 2017 U.S. Army JROTC Leadership Bowl in Washington, DC, where they will represent their school and Pasadena ISD. Pictured (from left to right): Javier Elizondo, Odalys Garza, Alfredo Ruiz, Cynthia Zuniga and Edward Christensen. Garza is the primary alternate if a cadet cannot attend.
By Reesha Brown
After advancing through online competitions, the Rayburn High School JROTC Leadership Team will vie for a shot at the national championship title at the 2017 U.S. Army JROTC Leadership Bowl in Washington, DC, June 23-27.
Rayburn’s JROTC team, comprised of Javier Elizondo, Edward Christensen, Alfredo Ruiz and Cynthia Zuniga, captured a seat in the top three percent of the nation’s leadership teams after competing against over 2,000 high school programs. In addition, the group has earned top scores out of the 1,378 U.S. Army JROTC teams that competed around the world.
The unit is among only 40 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the competition, which includes an all-expense paid trip to the championship at Catholic University of America. This is the sixth consecutive time that a Rayburn JROTC team has been invited to represent the school and Pasadena ISD at the national level.
“I’m always proud of this team,” First Sgt. Luis Gonzalez said. “Beyond their responsibilities with academics and extra-curricular activities, they always seem to exceed the expectations.”
The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB) is a nationally recognized competition that teaches cadets the values of leadership, academics, citizenship, competitiveness and college opportunity.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, JROTC Headquarters and is conducted by College Options Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and preparing them for higher education.