AFJROTC qualifies for national event in Academics


Lt. Col. Chris McMartin

The TWHS AF JROTC Academic Team, left to right: Lucas Mohler, Jonathan Yost, Annie Jenkins, Eli Herman, Spencer Snarr, and Reanna Mohler

After advancing through two intense phases of online competition, The Woodlands High School’s Air Force JROTC Academic Team composed of juniors Spencer Snarr and Jonathan Yost, and sophomores Eli Herman and Lucas Mohler, will compete in a Championship event in Washington, DC. Alternate team members are junior Annie Jenkins and freshman Reanna Mohler. The 2022 U.S. Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl Championship will be held on the campus of The Catholic University of America, June 24-28, 2022. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force JROTC and is conducted by the College Options Foundation.
The Woodlands High School’s JROTC team earned top scores out of the 582 Air Force JROTC academic teams that competed from around the world. The team is one of only 16 Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the final competition, which includes an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC.
Snarr said that they practice a lot to get a sense of when to buzz in, and stressed that good “game play” strategy is important.
For preparation, the team researches past questions from the quiz to prepare for the event. “There were 22 books that we used to prepare – from the Handy Answer book series,” Snarr said. Good time management skills are an important part of preparation, and Snarr presented to the sophomore classes on ways to be successful academically.
During the two fast-paced preliminary rounds, all six team members were tested on their knowledge of core curriculum such as math, science, and language arts as well as current events, citizenship, leadership skills and financial literacy. Financial literacy videos are sponsored by the USAA Educational Foundation and provided to all cadets. Questions from the videos were included in Levels I and II of the online competition.
The JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl 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.
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 nearly two decades.