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Franklin High School JROTC advances to the JROTC JLAB National Competition in Washington, DC

The Franklin High School JROTC JLAB Team

The Franklin High School JROTC JLAB Team
Photo Credit: MAJ(R) Jay Massey

  • Posted on April 26th, 2021
  • Story by: MAJ(R) Jay Massey
  • 7th Brigade

FRANKLIN, TN -- Four Franklin High School JROTC students are traveling to Washington, DC in July to compete in the Army JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB) Level III championship. Cadets Abby Slusser, Caleb Fowler, Ian Gordon, and Drew Holland recently represented Franklin High School in the JLAB Level I and Level II competitions and were recently informed that they have advanced to the national competition in Washington, DC. Thirty-two teams from around the country will advance to the JLAB National Championship in Washington, DC in July 2021.

Each year, JROTC programs from all over the country are afforded the opportunity to compete against other schools in the JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB). Not only is it exciting to compete, there are also many benefits for having cadets compete: \

  • Earn the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC
  • Improve student SAT and ACT scores
  • Increase student interest in college
  • Foster teamwork and esprit de corps amongst high school students

Major (Retired) Jay Massey, the Senior Army Instructor for Franklin High School’s JROTC program said that he’s extremely proud of all four students competing in this competition. “They are wonderful students that have represented Franklin High School and Williamson County well,” Massey adds. “I’m very proud of their work and their commitment to excellence.” “This is just one of the many reasons that I love this job,” Massey explains. “It is very rewarding to come to work every day to lead and mentor such amazing young men and women.” “Our cadets are smart, talented, eager, and well-rounded,” Massey adds.

Congrats to Franklin High School JROTC and good luck!