Members of Apache Junction Navy JROTC take first in 10K relay


Apache Junction High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps unit traveled to Glendale on Jan. 15 and competed in a 10K relay with six members from each team --- four males and two females --- alternating with a mile plus run.

Multiple teams from five schools competed in the hotly contested race in pursuit of the coveted traveling trophy, according to a release.

Apache Junction's "A" team alternated the lead with Independence High School on several occasions before finally coming out on top by 10 yards. Independence High School had won the annual championship five years in a row prior to Jan. 15.

"Congratulations to the top team of Hayden Pride, Hunter Norris, Brayden Vigil, Brady Williams, Chase Adam, and Heather Quirk," the release states.

The AJHS NJROTC program has won numerous awards and has been designated by the Navy as one of the top programs in the nation. The program offers cadets a year-round educational opportunity with training and trips to military bases such as San Diego and Pearl Harbor Hawaii during breaks and the summer months, according to the release.

However, due partially to declining enrollment, AJHS is in danger of losing the Navy JROTC program unless more students join. AJHS students can sign up now for the spring semester.
The JROTC program started in 1916 and AJHS received a unit in 1996. Congress currently limits the program (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps) to 3,500 high schools. No new schools are being funded and 600 schools are currently on the Navy waiting list for the program.
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