Hough JROTC cadets displaying the national runner-up trophy are, from left, Mackenzie Steger, Samantha Eisen, Matthew MaCarthy and Sebastian Hart. Joselyn Cordova was also part of the team.


CORNELIUS – It was a summer of success for the Army Junior ROTC program at Hough High.

After qualifying as one of only 40 teams from across the country – from an initial field of 1,350 competing squads – to take part in the national finals, Hough’s JROTC Leadership and Academics Bowl team placed second in the JLAB championships held in Washington, D.C.

As a result of their performance through two rounds of online evaluation and competition testing cadet knowledge of current events and academic subjects, along with leadership values and skills, the Hough team earned a spot in the finals held at The Catholic University of America.

The JLAB event is a nationally recognized competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By taking part in the program, cadets learn the values of citizenship and participation in academic competition while being introduced to a range of college opportunities provided through a forum that gives them a chance to demonstrate  leadership and academic abilities.

The event’s facilitator, the College Options Foundation, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in preparing for higher education. Using academic competitions, college exam study guides, college admissions tutorials and personalized counseling, the foundation has assisted the nation’s JROTC cadets worldwide for more than a decade.

The Hough squad was coached by Army instructor retired 1st Sgt. Daryl Hayes. The Hough JROTC program is under the direction of senior Army instructor retired Col. Garry Howard Jr.

In addition to adding national hardware to its trophy case, the Hough program has also been selected to host the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools JROTC Field Day competition in October.


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