For Immediate Release — September 26, 2007 | Pacific
Charles Steitz: Public Affairs Officer | DSN: 644-5657
TORII STATION, OKINAWA , JAPAN — September 26, 2007 — Dr. Nancy Bresell, Director for DoDDS- Pacific/DDESS-Guam is pleased to announce that five cadets from Yokota High School, Jamie Myree, Tracy Weimer, Neil Neill Lapurga, Robert Rodell and Mathew Saucedo were selected as candidates for the Army JROTC Academic Challenge, September 28 – 30. These cadets will depart September 26 to attend the finals at George Mason University.
The competition began in January when the cadets participated in an academic challenge sponsored by the U S Army Cadet Command. The competition was a three part examination: Cadet Command curriculum knowledge, academic (SAT/ACT math, English and science) knowledge, and current events knowledge. The cadets worked as a team to come up with one answer for each question. They had 30 seconds to read and answer each question. The test took one hour.
The second round held in February included 70 academic questions. "Our cadets made both cuts and became one of the 12 schools out of the more than 100 from across the United States that started the challenge, to make the final round. Yokota was the only school outside the continental United States that became a finalist," explained Bresell.
"We are thrilled by their success and credit should be given to their parents, instructors, and teachers. Without the continued support from the military and the communities we serve we would have never been able to participate in this program. To the incredible teachers and staff at Yokota High School, thank you. To the JROTC cadets, safe travels and do your very best,” said Bresell.