• Family Focus: Garinger JROTC earns accolades in Washington, D.C.

    By: Stephanie Maxwell

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - An all-girls team representing Garinger High School is celebrating its success in a national JROTC academic competition.
     
    The team made the top 30 from a field of 1,300 teams.

    Eyewitness News anchor Stephanie Maxwell talked to the cadets, who called their visit to the nation’s Capitol the trip of a lifetime.
     
    The National Leadership Bowl Competition tested the JROTC academic bowl team’s knowledge and leadership skills in Washington, D.C.
     
    “The questions were very complicated,” senior Marina Hernandez said. “You can tell the effort and time they put into this to go far.”
     
    Their questions included the history of JROTC and questions in English, math and science. The team placed 26th in the competition and team members are proud of their accomplishments.
     
    “I feel like we were prepared,” senior Wendy Vindell said. “There were some areas we didn't excel in. But overall, I feel good about it.” 
     
    Beyond the competition, they got to tour Washington, D.C., a first for most of them. 

    Team members said they were in awe seeing the White House at night. Other favorite stops were the MLK Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. 

    They came home with two academic medals for their uniforms, a plaque for competing, a congratulations letter from Gen. Colin Powell.
     
    “They got to meet a lot of people, influential people that could give them great information on how to assist them for their future in their education,” Garinger High School JROTC Command Sgt. Major Jacqueline Thomas said.
     
    The young women said they're considering either joining the military or pursuing a service-academy appointment. They're all members of the National Honor Society.

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