Lee Magnet High School’s JROTC Program Qualifies for Nationals

Oct. 22 2019

Lee Magent’s Junior R.O.T.C. program placed among the top 40 out of 4000 J.R.O.T.C. teams across the nation who competed during July 19th-26th at the National competition program in Washington D.C. The students who competed were seniors, Megann Adolfo, Kimberly Blatcher, Kyle Merriman, and Michael Simpson.

The team was led by Colonel Laigaie, an instructor for J.R.O.T.C., as well as former Lee senior turned graduate, Tammy San, who acted as a coach and mentor for the students throughout the year leading up to the competition. Senior Joseph Curtis also played a large role in taking J.R.O.T.C. to Nationals throughout the levels of competition. The team finished in 12th place out of the 40 teams that competed and earned three medals during the competition. Lee’s J.R.O.T.C. team also received a medal from the Superintendent of School Boards. For as Laigaie states, “this is a very big deal for Lee High and E.B.R. Parish as no one in recent memory has made it this
far”.

In order to qualify for Nationals, the team had to place in the three levels of qualifying competitions held during the 2018- 2019 school year. The first level consisted of 4000 teams across the nation, all of whom were tested on J.R.O.T.C. curriculum as well as application of leadership skills.

The second level tested the remaining 2,000 teams with increasing difficulty on leadership analysis and thinking during high intensity situations. The National competition, being the third and most difficult, subjected the top 40 teams on a variety of military skills in the form of academic tests on military strategies and great leaders of history as well as structured scenarios testing student’s abilities to lead their teams under time constraints. For J.R.O.T.C., leadership is a key component for any situation as leaders exist to “make decisions, solve problems, execute missions, reflect and learn,” says Laigaie. “This is an experience that I am proud to be apart of and I look forward to training those on the venture towards this great accomplishment,” stated Blatcher. The future of J.R.O.T.C. is to help train the next year of student with the help of these cadets to continue the mission of J.R.O.T.C. and cultivate the next generation of successful leaders.

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