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BI cadets earn trip to symposium
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BI cadets Keithra Moolenaar, Kaylie Durham, Raveenn Smith and Ryan Smith placed in the top 40 schools during a national competition involving more than 1,100 JROTC programs. They will travel with their instructor, retired Sgt. 1st Class Edward Ford, to Washington, D.C., on June 24-28 to compete in the National Leadership Bowl and Symposium, which is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command. - photo by Photo provided.

Four cadets from Bradwell Institute’s JROTC program will attend the 2011 JROTC Leadership Symposium and compete in the championship round of the 2011 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl and Symposium. The competition and symposium, which is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and conducted by the College Options Foundation, will be held June 24-28 on the George Mason University campus in Washington, D.C.

Juniors Ryan Smith, Kaylie Durham and Keithra Moolenaar and sophomore Raveenn Smith will attend the Washington, D.C., symposium along with their JROTC instructor, retired Sgt. 1st Class Edward Ford.

During two rounds of online play, Bradwell Institute’s JROTC team earned top scores out of the 1,138 teams that competed from across the world to win one of the 40 slots in the National Leadership Bowl and Symposium.

In these rounds, cadets were tested on a variety of subjects covering the JROTC curriculum, leadership theory and application and the philosophy of Gen. George C. Marshall. Marshall served as chief of staff of the Army during World War II and was responsible for the Marshall Plan, which brought about the reconstruction of Europe.

This is the second year in a row and third time in four years that the cadets have made it to the final round of competition, which began in 2008.

During their five-day, all-expenses-paid trip, the cadets will receive hands-on learning opportunities, tour historic monuments in Washington, D.C., listen to motivational speakers and work with cadets from across the nation. They also will compete in the final level of the competition to determine the best Army JROTC leadership team in the nation.

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