Apache Junction High School NJROTC Cadets advance in Academic Bowl

The Apache Junction High School’s Navy JROTC program has been recognized as a “Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors” for 10 consecutive years, and it seems that they are on target again this year as the Academic Team advances to Level II of the NJROTC Academic Bowl.

In an e-mail dated Dec. 1, NJROTC Area 11 Manager CDR Kenneth Liles offered congratulations, “With a greater number of teams participating in the first round this year, it was a tough challenge. Of the 101 units that competed in Level I, 54 will advance to the next round, which runs Feb. 1-15, 2016.” Eight teams from Area 11, including AJHS, made the cut. Students were tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, English, Math, and Science.

Four of the six AJHS NJROTC Academic team members, cadets Davis, Pilas, Preston and Kelley were on the 2014-15 team that advanced to national competition in Washington D.C. last June. “They finished in the middle of the pack,” reported Major William Parker, AJHS NJROTC teacher. As one of only eight teams nationwide to make it to the final round, the cadets stand proud. “It was their first time at nationals,” said Major Parker. “Now that they know the territory, they have confidence that they can do it again.”

The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized academic competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.

Editor’s note: Dana Hawman is the public information officer for Apache Junction School District

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