Betty Fairfax JROTC Representing Arizona in Washington D.C.

Posted by Community Relations Department on 3/13/2013

The Betty Fairfax JROTC unit and Arizona will be represented in Washington, D.C., in June, as the only Arizona finalist in the Army JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB).  The team of four cadets has been competing remotely with JROTC teams around the world, beginning in November, testing their knowledge of leadership principles and Army values. Fairfax advanced past  “The Challenge” first round, and qualified in the Zero Hour Threat” second round in February as one of 40 teams to compete in the Leadership Bowl, June 21-25 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.


The team is made up of  captain Sharon J. Guerra; Jordan A. Esparza, Cadet/First Sergeant; Jesus Avila, and Ashley W. Stifanos.  Team Alternates are Danielle N. Deshong and Denisha Gregory.


“It was a great surprise when we learned, and the JLAB team is floating on Cloud Nine. We are now on our way to the Capital and the real studying begins,”  coach and instructor Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cronin said.


“This is a big deal, as every Army JROTC program in the world is required to compete in the JLAB, and only 40 teams get to go to D.C.,” the District’s Director of Army JROTC Instruction Lieutenant  Dan Hink said.



The 2013 JLAB Leadership Team Championship will include the 40 Leadership Teams competing in a Classroom Performance System-based format.  Teams will respond to questions and accumulate points by answering leadership and leadership-related questions from material contained in the Army JROTC Curriculum, the book, The George C. Marshall Principles of Leadership: Ref Guide: Soldier, Statesman, and Peacemaker: Leadership Lessons,  by George C. Marshall, and the book, No Substitute for Victory: Lessons in Strategy and Leadership by General Douglas MacArthur.   Teams will also run the “Leadership Gauntlet” – a series of stations where teams will again be tested on their leadership   The three Leadership Teams that have accumulated the most points will meet in the Championship Round.  This final round will be conducted with the three teams on stage in a College Quiz Bowl format.  In this  head-to-head competition, the best Army JROTC Leadership Team will be named.  The cadets will also participate in a leadership symposium, where the teams will present a JROTC Unite Best Practice report and a media presentation.