Norwich University to sponsor 2014 JROTC competition

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NORTHFIELD, Vt., Feb. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Norwich University will be the premier title sponsor of the 2014 JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl, a nationally recognized academic competition and leadership skills event created exclusively for Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) students.

College Options Foundation (COF) will organize and implement the event, which is open to more than 200,000 students from around the world. The event will test JROTC students' knowledge of English, math, science, leadership and current events.

The online competition, open to high school JROTC students of all military branches, uses SAT-type challenges to test academic and leadership skills in a multi-level competition with national finals held online in April 2014.

Participating students learn the value of citizenship, academic competition, leadership and a college education. They represent many geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. The competition began in Nov. 2013 with 3,237 teams of six cadets participating in the first round. Level II of the online competition begins March 1.

"As birthplace of ROTC, this is a natural fit for Norwich University," said Frank Vanecek, vice president of student life and enrollment management. "We are thrilled to support these amazing students as they challenge themselves and demonstrate leadership in these vibrant competitions."

"We are delighted that Norwich University has selected to support this program and these bright, motivated students," said Terry Wilfong, College Options Foundation president. "In this day and age of such a challenging economy and high dropout rates, it is critical to give students all the tools needed to succeed in college. These students work and study very hard to compete and win; they are leaders and mentors in their schools."

All competition participants have free access to COF's Total College Success program for college entrance exam (SAT, ACT) preparation, as well as for admissions, financial aid, scholarships, selection and overall college success.

About College Options Foundation:



College Options Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education by providing a total college preparatory experience that combines study, testing, coaching, and competition. COF has assisted the nation's 1.1 million Department of Defense - JROTC programs worldwide. http://www.collegeoptionsfoundation.net

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

CONTACT: Daphne Larkin, 802-485-2886, 595-3613(m) dlarkin@norwich.edu Terry Wilfong, 678-316-8787, twilfong@collegeoptions.net

Source:Norwich University