Lafayette High ROTC students participate in national competition

By Chip Washington - bio | email

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - For six students at Lafayette High School in Oxford, preparing for the Junior Air Force ROTC Academic Bowl in Washington, DC is about as big as it gets.

Lafayette is one of only 16 schools worldwide to send students to compete for the championship.

"Its very similar to the ACT test," instructor Major Harvey Rice said Thursday. "There are three English sections, a math section, social studies, science, history, a junior ROTC, and current events section."

The team is comprised of four primaries and two alternates. In order to reach the finals, the students competed in two preliminary rounds.

Cadet Arnessa Tyson said she is excited about going, but nervous about her first plane ride.  

"Honestly, I did not think we were going to get that far, because we were young and it was our first time doing this," she said.

Sophomore Victoria Miller said it is an honor to represent the community, and a high point for the school as well.

"It means a great deal because our school hasn't gone ever to Washington in this competition, and the fact that we were the first ones to do it is an amazing task to complete," she said.

Rice said the event will take place at Bolling Air Force Base beginning next Friday.

Copyright 2010 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.