The Navy JROTC Southwest Regional Academic Championship, otherwise known as the "Super Brain Brawl", brings together 26 high schools from various districts in California and Arizona for a prestigious academic competition, held right here in San Diego.
On April 30, Patrick Henry High School hosted the event with more than 200 student competitors matching academic pedigrees in a classic “Jeopardy” style format. Questions ranged from core academic subjects to current world events. Henry’s Naval Science Instructor, Master Sergeant Tom Bricke, served as master of ceremony.
The Southwest Regional Manager for Navy Junior JROTC programs, Commander Ken Liles, attributed the broad success of this notable academic competition to the teachers of Henry High. “The competition has grown from just a handful of regional high schools to a nationally recognized event in great part due to the extraordinary efforts of Patrick Henry High School." Liles also went on to say that with the interest generated by this event, the Navy has approved a national-level championship competition for next year with Henry High selected as the host.
The Henry academic team had a solid performance behind the efforts of team captains Jordan Robertson, Samantha Parks, Michael Moberg and David Nguyen. In the end, Troy High School from Fullerton, CA was crowned this year’s champions, with Pacifica and Lakewood high schools earning 2nd and 3rd place honors respectively.