Halsey MCJROTC Student Tops Nation in Youth Fitness Competition

ROTC team pose with members of the Board of Education at a recent meeting. Credits: Fran Sullivan

ELIZABETH, NJ – Jose Morrobel, a senior at Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr. Health and Public Safety Academy, placed first overall and was named the individual champion for the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) during the National Youth Physical Fitness Challenge at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on May 20.

Morrobel competed against several thousand high school cadets from the 250 Marine Corps JROTC units nationally were eligible to participate in the physical fitness competition. The participants earned their way to the national competition by succeeding in their respective regional competitions. The program’s competition consists of five exercises: situps, pushups, broad jumps, pullups and a 300-yard shuttle run.

Participants move from station to station to complete each exercise with a two-minute break between exercises. The maximum achievement for each exercise is 100 sit-ups in two minutes, 60 pushups in two minutes, a 9’ 10” broad jump, 30 dead hang pullups, and a 44 second 300-yard shuttle run. Morrobel finished first overall with 477 points, with 100 Sit-ups, 60 push-ups, a 9’ 10” broad jump, 28 dead hang pull ups, and a 47 second 300-yard shuttle run, which was enough to surpass the number two overall competitor by two points.

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Fellow Halsey Marine Corps JROTC members Elvin Castillo (459 overall points) and Jan Rosas (456 overall points) finished sixth and eighth overall respectively. Castillo completed 100 situps, 60 pushups, an 8’ 10” broad jump, 30 dead hang pullups, and a 48 second 300-yard shuttle run while Rosas finished with 100 situps, 60 pushups, a 9’ 5” broad jump, 30 dead hang pull-ups, and a 52 second 300-yard shuttle run.

Morrobel is the first member in the history of the Halsey Marine Corps JROTC program to finish first overall in the National Youth Physical Fitness Challenge. Castillo finished sixth overall for the second consecutive year and the Halsey Marine Corps Junior ROTC Physical Fitness Team finished fifth overall.

The event comes from the National Youth Physical Fitness Program, a non-profit program available to all schools and youth groups in America and is funded by the United States Marines Youth Foundation, Inc. to help promote healthier living for youth.

“The Halsey Junior MCROTC program has long been a source of pride for Elizabeth Public Schools, both for the young men and women it has prepared to valiantly serve in our armed forces and for its history of outstanding performance in competition,” said Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “These three young men are true examples of the results that come with hard work and dedication and should be very proud of their accomplishments.”

Elizabeth Board of Education President Stanley Neron echoed those sentiments in praising the members of the Halsey MCJROTC Physical Fitness Team.

“Congratulations to Jose Morrobel, Elvin Castillo, Jan Rosas, and Master Sergeant Robert Geralds for their achievements at the National Youth Physical Fitness Challenge,” said Neron. “The countless hours that the Marine Corps Junior ROTC Physical Fitness Team put into preparation for this competition was revealed in their remarkable performance. Their relentless attention to detail and determination is something to which we all can aspire.”


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