AJHS Cadets Enter Brain Brawl

Academic  Championship tests knowledge in Naval Sciences

By Dana Trumbull
  • About how many calories are there in a pound of body fat?
  • What are the six leadership traits?
  • What is the 6th amendment to the Constitution of the United States?

These are just a few of the sample questions for the annual Navy Junior ROTC Brain Brawl. Sometimes described as “Jeopardy on steroids,” Brain Brawl is an academic competition that challenges cadets’ knowledge in Naval Sciences curriculum. The questions asked can come from topics that include history, science, Navy regulations, physical health, Navy ships and more.

On February 10, the Apache Junction High School NJROTC academic team scored a win that qualified them for the Area-11 Championship that will be held in San Diego, CA, on March 24, 2018. The top three finishers of the Area-11 Championship will compete in the NJROTC Championships being held in Phoenix in April.

Members of the team are: Haide Deal (third year cadet), Zachary Kinion (first year cadet), David Hofmann (first year cadet), Kaleb Schroeder (second year cadet) and Holly Stillman (fourth year cadet/Team Captain).

What are the answers to the sample questions provided above?

  • 3500 calories.
  • Selflessness, loyalty, integrity, decisiveness, energy, commitment.
  • The right to a jury trial.

The AJHS Navy JROTC program serves students from the JO Combs district, as well as AJUSD

Under the direction of retired Marine Corps Maj. William Parker and retired Navy Senior Chief David Patti, the AJHS Navy JROTC program serves students from the JO Combs district (San Tan Valley), as well as AJUSD (Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Queen Valley and the unincorporated areas of the Superstition foothills). The United States Secretary of the Navy has awarded the AJHS NJROTC the highest designation the Navy can give a school, “Distinguished Unit,” for 13 consecutive years.

Photo above: AJHS Brain Brawl competitors are (L-R): Haide Deal, Zachary Kinion, David Hofmann, Kaleb Schroeder, Holly Stillman, (Team Captain) and Senior Chief David Patti (Coach)


  1. Oh, my! Thank you for pointing out the oversight.I have updated the online version of the article and will post the corrected version to our social media as well. Thank you – and my apologies to Kaleb!

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