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BI cadets win right to compete in Virginia
Bradwell Institute JROTC cadets Christopher Payne, Joseph Vitkovitski, Kaylie Durham, Ryan Smith and their instructor, Col. Kenneth Koetz, will attend a symposium June 25-29at George Mason University. - photo by Photo provided.
Four cadets from Bradwell Institute’s JROTC program will attend the 2010 JROTC Leadership Symposium on June 25-29 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The BI cadets beat out more than 1,700 other teams for the honor. Only the top 48 teams were chosen to attend the symposium.
Six cadets were selected to compete as the school’s JROTC leadership team in October.  Juniors Christopher Payne and Joseph Vitkovitski and sophomores Kaylie Durham and Ryan Smith were the primary team members.
The first round of the competition, an online exam with timed questions, was played in November. Questions were asked about the JROTC curriculum, leadership application and the philosophy of Gen. George C. Marshall. Marshall served as chief of staff of the U.S. Army during WW II and was responsible for the Marshall Plan, which brought about the reconstruction of Europe. After his retirement from the military, he headed the American Red Cross.  
After the first round, the field of competitors was cut by two-thirds with more than 600 schools advancing to the second round.  
In January, the BI cadets scored an 89 on their exam in the second round. Their instructor, Col. Kenneth Koetz, said he thought their performance was outstanding considering the complexity of the questions. In February, the cadets were told they had advanced to the final round of competition and would attend the leadership symposium as one of the competition’s top 48 teams.
During their five-day, all-expenses-paid trip, the cadets will take advantage of 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.  
Cadets Calah London and Robert Newell serve as alternates on the team. The alternates participated in the competition but will go to the symposium only if one of the primary team members is unable to attend.  

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