The Tinian Junior and Senior High School JROTC topped the statewide Junior Leadership and Academic Bowl, an online competition conducted simultaneously among participating teams in the Commonwealth.
Tinian had two representative teams for the leadership and academic categories of the competition.
The five that competed in the leadership category included team captain Josue Cruz and members Alonica Anore, Nickkie Ayuyu, Zachariah Hofschneider, and Hermes Ramos.
For the academic competition, team captain Yun Ha Seo led members Kyle Sandbergen, Wilhelmina Cing, Seo Yeon Ahn, and Keshaun Nabors.
The Tinian team was composed of ninth and 11th graders.
According to the TJHS JROTC program senior instructor retired Sgt. Pete Salas, Tinian High cadets have been participating in the JLAB competition since 2008. This is a yearly event in which teams throughout the nation take part in.
The academic team is tested in several academics areas that include mathematics, sciences, English, comprehension, and current events. The leadership team is tested in leadership principles, practices, and traits; history and social science; and questions relating to U.S. Army Gen. George C. Marshal.
According to Salas, the JLAB competition began in November with the first online round. The students who scored high enough to proceed to Round 2 completed the competition this month.
Saipan Tribune learned that Tinian got the highest scores in both categories during online examinations last Feb. 9. On Feb. 16, the group was notified of the overall result where the team garnered 85 percent in academic and 80 percent in the leadership category.
“It is our hopes that with the scores they received that they will be invited to participate in round three, which will take place in June at George Mason University in Virginia,” Salas told Saipan Tribune yesterday.
Tinian has been to the nationals twice and separately sent one academic team and one leadership team. “We hope that both our teams get invited to the national event this year and if this occurs it will be the third time that Tinian will go,” he said.
In an interview with team captain Josue Cruz, he said the team is proud of what it has achieved and hopes that they will make it to the nationals.