LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Select cadets from Mills University Studies High School JROTC completed Level I of the national JRTOC Leadership and Academic Bowl Competition (JLAB) on November 17, 2021.

JLAB is a nationally recognized academic competition created exclusively for JROTC students. These cadets are dedicated to studying scholarly academics and the skills that surround leadership. Team members strive to achieve the highest GPA possible in an effort to gain knowledge and prepare for testing. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, leadership, academic competition, and college opportunity.

Based on their final results, Comet Battalion Cadets will have the opportunity to advance to Round II of the competition which takes place February 1 - 15, 2022. The team members included are listed below:

Comet Battalion Academic TeamComet Battalion Leadership Team
CDT Rebecca Boulanger - Team CaptainCDT Ja’Aliyah White - Team Captain
CDT Juell Phillips  CDT Jada Goode
CDT Taylor Molden CDT Maytianna Everhart
CDT Matthew McKeeCDT Samaria Keller

The JROTC JLAB competition is an all-service national competition that culminates in the Level III JLAB Championship in Washington, DC.  The top 32 Academic Teams and top 40 Leadership Teams will qualify to attend the Round III advancing to the Championship in Washington, DC.  

There are many benefits of participating in the Academic Bowl. These benefits include, but are not limited to, improving SAT/ACT scores; increasing interest in college admissions; and demonstrating academic strength of JROTC program. Additionally team members learn how to boost "esprit de corps" and have the chance to earn the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital.