Turlock High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Booster Club hosted its 3rd Annual Bulldog Company Challenge Field Meet on Saturday. Program cadets from as far as Selma were in attendance to show their athleticism, competing against other schools in “out of the ordinary” sports.
At this year’s field meet, about 500 cadets attended.
NJROTC’s field meet has many different events, such as basketball, combat dodgeball, softball, a sea perch, brain brawls, and navy seal physical training challenges. Most of these events differ drastically from typical high school sports.
“I like the fact that it’s harder,” said Sam Navarrete, a Turlock NJROTC cadet. “It involves more energy and stuff. It differs from everything. It makes you stand out a lot. When people ask you ‘how do you do it?’ it’s nothing that’s impossible.”
An important part of Turlock’s NJROTC Field Meet is the Brain Brawl.
“One of the components we have is a Brain Brawl,” cadet Colby McCann said. “We are using material from three different textbooks that we have for NJ material… ship structure, boat related things, buoyancy, damage control for ships… so in there, they’re doing a jeopardy style thing where we have four teams at one table each. Each table has a buzzer, the questions are read aloud and people buzz in and they answer the question. Whoever gets the most questions right, they win the brain brawl.”
For the cadets participating in this event, their knowledge has earned them national placement.
“We actually have a nationally competitive Brain Brawl team and they placed fourth place nationally,” McCann said. “And I actually placed in fourth place individually. So that’s how our academic team is doing.”
Along with the nationally ranked Brain Brawl academic team the NJROTC has produced, the Air Rifle team is also nationally ranked. TurlockCityNews.com spoke with Nic McKeon about their recent success.
“We made it last year to three national competitions,” McKeon said. “A couple of years ago we were at the bottom, let’s just say that. We couldn’t even get to regionals. It just kinda jumped when everybody was shooting so exceptionally.”
The NJROTC helps those high school students that wish to have a military career. By hosting these field meets, they help students gain a glimpse of what it would be like doing militant like activities.
“The cool thing about NJ and all these other regimens is that it feels good,” Navarrete said. “Because if you want to do a military career, NJ is a really good thing. When you first go into NJ, you rank, just like when you first go into the military.”
Turlock High NJROTC cadets participate in the brain brawl, which has earned them national placement in the past. 10-24-15