Kingwood Park AFJROTC successfully defended its Overall 2012 Magnolia Deep Sea Skills Championship, Saturday 23rd March. The competition was a joint services competition that included Navy, Marine, Army and Kingwood Park Air Force JROTC teams. This year's competition was extremely challenging in that teams were better prepared and more focused to de-throne the Kingwood Park's Air Force Team. Kingwood NJROTC came in a very close second overall to Kingwood Park; making this a great win for the Kingwood community and a testament to the high character of the students in our community. The Magnolia Competition events range from marksmanship, physical fitness, academics, survival swim events to orienteering. The event were challenging both physically and mentally. The cadets trained hard after school while still maintaining high academic standards in order to compete and be successful. On their way to this year championship, Kingwood Park garnered the following awards: 1st in Naval Academics, 1st in Team Orienteering, 1st (Dustin Holifield) 2nd (Mulangu Mundemba) and 3rd (Nicholas Hercl) in Individual Orienteering, 2nd in Salvage Recovery, 2nd in Abandon Ship, 2nd Dustin Holifield in Individual Male Abandon Ship, Kat Pittard 1st in Female Individual Abandon Ship, 2nd in Rescue Swim and a 3rd in Water Tug-O-War. Junior ROTC is a great builder of future leaders whether a student is pursuing college, going into business or a military career. JROTC provides students with real life experiences that will develop skills such as organization, decision making and supervisory skills that enable our future leaders to better work with difficult subordinates or employees. JROTC prepares each individual with the ability to succeed while improving their overall college application or job resume. Unlike ROTC, JROTC does not require any military obligation but may financially benefit any student that enters the military. For those entering college, JROTC is a plus to any college application in that it is a good indicator of a student's organizational skills and is comfortable dealing with others. Regardless of whether a student attends a Navy, Army or Air Force JROTC, they all will benefit any student that enters the military by immediate promotions to higher rank therefore more money monthly. Check out the JROTC unit in your area to see how your student can benefit; if they have the courage and drive to be all they can!

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