Apache Junction High School NJROTC students to compete in Brain Brawl Championships

Five Apache Junction High School students in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will travel to Garden Grove, California, March 22-23 to compete in the Area 11 Academic (Brain Brawl) Championships.

The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board at a work session Feb. 26 voted unanimously to approve the trip as part of a consent agenda.

The students will be accompanied by two adults, according to a letter from U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.) Gary Lock, NJROTC advisor.

The AJHS NJROTC Academic Team qualified to compete in the Area 11 Academic (Brain Brawl) Championships at Pacifica High School in Los Angeles by winning the Prospector Brain Brawl in September 2018, he said.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I officially request permission to escort five cadets to this competition along with Senior Chief (Ret. Kendra) Welchert. A strong showing here would enable us to qualify for the Brain Brawl Nationals in April 2019,” he said in the letter.

Estimated costs are $210 for food, $135 for gas, $423.80 for lodging and $391.61 for transportation, for the rental of a seven-passenger minivan, according to a field trip request form.

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