LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A group of Lafayette High School Air Force JROTC students make up the program's academic team.
They study both together and separately in a variety of subject areas as they get ready to represent the state and region at this year's Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl Championship in Washington, DC.
The students have progressed to this point by successfully competing in several online rounds of competition with other JROTC teams.
Major Harvey Rice said, "The ones they did online had three segments each of English, science and math. You had current events and there was also a general ROTC section."
Each student brings a level of knowledge in certain subject areas to the table to help their team succeed.
Cadet Courtney Conway said, "I've excelled in math my whole life. That's where my strong suit is for this competition."
Cadet Jacob Roberts said, "We try to do well in all our classes. We keep up with the news watching it every night and morning. At least that's what I do. We just keep up with our homework and do well in class."
The students' leaders in this program say they feel that dedication to academics and to being good students in general comes in part from being involved in the JROTC.
Major Rice said, "Our mission statement is that we build better citizens. We don't put people in the military. That is what recruiters are for. We can help them if they want to at the end of four years. It's all about building better leaders, discipline and responsibility."
All here hope those qualities will help carry this team to the top of the Academic Bowl Championship.
We'll let you know how they do.