Apache Junction High School JROTC is one of eight schools advancing to national competition

The AJHS Navy JROTC Academic Team, from left is students Mekaela Walters, Michael Preston, Pita Pilas, Caleb Smith and Abbigayle Davis. Not present is Nicholas Kelley. (Special to Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA/AJUSD)

The Apache Junction High School Navy JROTC Academic Team will compete in person at the final championship event of the 2015 Navy JROTC Academic Bowl in Washington D.C., June 26-30. AJHS is one of only eight teams, nationwide, advancing to the national competition, according to a press release.

The AJHS Navy JROTC Academic Team is composed of students Abbigayle Davis, Nicholas Kelley, Pita Pilas, Michael Preston, Caleb Smith and Mekaela Walters.

During the initial two rounds of competition, the AJHS Navy JROTC team earned top scores out of the 115 teams from around the world to win a place in the National Academic Bowl and the all-expense paid trip to D.C. In the two fast-paced preliminary rounds, students were tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, English, Math, and Science. One of the main goals of the JROTC Academic Bowl is to prepare students for state exit/graduation exams as well as college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT, said the release.

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.

The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized academic competition created exclusively for JROTC students. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.

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. Using academic competitions, college exam study guides, college admissions tutorials, and personalized counseling, College Options Foundation has assisted the nation’s JROTC cadets worldwide for over a decade.

Source:  http://arizona.newszap.com/eastvalley/138688-114/apache-junction-high-school-jrotc-is-one-of-eight-schools-advancing-to-national-competition

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