AJHS JROTC achieves a decade of excellence

From left Zach Murphey, Sabrina Dewey, Ethan Santos, Isaiah Bahar, Isaiah Brooks, Jacob Jax. The“Excellence” plaque was made by AJHS senior cadet Kevin Maloney (Courtesy of Apache Junction Unified School District).

From left Zach Murphey, Sabrina Dewey, Ethan Santos, Isaiah Bahar, Isaiah Brooks, Jacob Jax.
The“Excellence” plaque was made by AJHS senior cadet Kevin Maloney (Courtesy of Apache Junction Unified School District).

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The United States Secretary of the Navy has awarded the Apache Junction High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps the title of “Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors” for the 10th consecutive year. This is the highest designation the Navy can give a school and the first time any Arizona high school has earned the title for 10 consecutive years, according to a press release.
“Up to 30 percent of all high school ROTC programs nationwide may be selected as distinguished units,” Maj. William Parker, JROTC instructor, said. “The top 20 percent are listed as Distinguished with Academic Honors. These are classified under federal statute as ‘Honor Military Schools.’ As such, I have the ability to nominate cadets to the Naval Academy, West Point, and the Air Force Academy under special appointments that are set aside for such schools. We have several upcoming juniors right now, who are very competitive, so I would anticipate using those nominations in the near future.”
Cadets are not resting on their laurels: Next month, June 26-30, the AJHS NJROTC Academic Team will compete at the final championship event of the 2015 Navy JROTC Academic Bowl in Washington D.C. AJHS is one of only eight teams, nationwide, advancing to the national competition. The winner of the Navy JROTC Academic Championship will compete against the winners of the Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force JROTC Academic Bowls in the JROTC Joint Service Academic Bowl Championship.
Under the direction of retired Marine Corps Maj. Parker and retired Navy Senior Chief David Patti, the AJHS Navy JROTC program serves students from the JO Combs district as well AJUSD including students from Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Queen Valley and the unincorporated areas of the Superstition foothills.

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