Leilehua High JROTC Team to Compete in National Leadership Bowl Championship


​After advancing through two phases of online competition, the Leilehua High School Mighty Mules JROTC Leadership Team will compete at the championship event in Washington, D.C. The team is composed of Cadet Kassandra Black, Cadet Darlene Pozas, Cadet Jacob Huerta and Cadet Carlos Loeza.

Leilehua team

L to R: LTC (Ret.) Nick Spiridigliozzi, Cadet Kassandra Black, Cadet Darlene Pozas, Cadet Jacob Huerta and Cadet Carlos Loeza

Photo Credit: Leilehua High School

After advancing through two phases of online competition, the Leilehua High School "Mighty Mules" JROTC Leadership Team return to compete in person at the Championship event in Washington, D.C. The 2018 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship will be held on the campus of The Catholic University of America, June 22-27, 2018. This event is sponsored by the Army JROTC and is conducted by College Options Foundation.

The Leilehua High School JROTC team, composed of Cadet Carlos Loeza, Cadet Jacob Huerta, Cadet Darlene Pozas, and Cadet Kassandra Black, earned top scores out of the 1,327 Army JROTC teams that competed from around the world. The team is one of only forty 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 D.C. During the two fast-paced preliminary rounds, cadets were tested on their knowledge of current events, leadership values, and leadership skills. 

“The JLAB competition provides our students an opportunity to be informed and responsible citizens, capable of participating in a global society. I congratulate our JROTC Leadership JLAB team for being among the best teams in the entire nation to earn this great achievement. They are truly an exceptionally talented group of students," said Jason Nakamoto, principal, Leilehua High School.

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.

"It takes a village for a team to achieve this type of national level academic excellence. I am extremely proud of these outstanding cadets, our superb administration team, and dedicated faculty and staff who have enabled these highly motivated students to reach the JROTC  Leadership Bowl Championship once again," added Leilehua JROTC's Senior Army Instructor LTC (Ret.) Nick Spiridigliozzi.

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. For more information, click here.

Contact Information

Lindsay Chambers

Phone: (808) 784-6200

Email: doeinfo@k12.hi.us


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