McNair’s Army JROTC Takes 2nd Place in Academic Bowl Championship

When it comes to quiz-show type leadership and academic challenges, the McNair Academic High School’s Army JROTC stands out after finishing in second place at the Leadership and Academic Bowl National Championship in late June.

The competition, held at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, placed student-teams in jeopardy-style competitions on subjects ranging from Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Camp information to SAT-style math, science, and language arts questions. The second place Jersey City team was represented by Grant Viteznik, the team commander and rising senior, along with teammates Moira Jariwal (grade 10), Tanushree Bansal (Grade 10) and Eswar Anandapandaban (Grade 11).

In addition to the success of the Academic Team, McNair’s Leadership Team placed 8 in a field of 1,300 participating teams in a competition on the tenets of George C. Marshall and ROTC Leadership theory. In this competition, team members Jay Modi (rising senior and Team Commander), Alexander Stamato, (Grade 11), Patience Opaola, (Grade 10) and Jasmine Sawh (Grade 10) were asked to apply these tenets and theories to scenario-based questions, placing near the top of the field.

Team Commander Alisa Permaul, who will attend Rutgers University’s School of Engineering in the fall, said in a statement, “This year was a year of high accomplishments for both my team and me. Some team members were returning competitors, whereas others were completely new to the experience. One thing was completely mutual amongst all team members: we wanted to make the cut and compete in JLAB (JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl)!”

“We held study sessions every week, and practices whenever possible. My most important goal, however, was to make sure everybody had fun both competing and with each other,” Permaul’s statement continued.

“None of this would have been possible without the help, continuous dedication and commitment of all team members. Their hard work and great efforts were exhibited beautifully when they competed in Washington, D.C.” she added.


Matt Hunger

is a former staff writer for the Jersey City Independent.