UNION, NJ - Tapinto Union has named Union High School athletes Jonathan Mobisa and Lisette Velarde November Athletes of the Month.

Jonathan Mobisa is a junior track and field athlete who is the current UCC (Watchung Div.) champion.

Mobisa said he is inspired by his family.  “They encourage me to strive for better and never settle for where I am now.”

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When asked his favorite part of being a high school athlete, Mobisa said, “being able to be with friends I have known for years and inspire others.”        

Mobisa’s favorite athlete is David Rudisha, who holds the world record for the 800 meter race, but is very soft spoken.  Mobisa said the hardest thing to overcome as a student-athlete is to maintain his academic, social, family and athletic life. 

Mobisa said ever since he began running he dreamed of being in the Olympics, or “at least I’d like to go and watch.”  Mobisa said after high school he plans to attend college.

Lisette Velarde is a senior volleyball player with 111 kills, 13 blocks, 61 digs, 15 assists, 63 service points and 10 aces.

Velarde is inspired by her mother.  “My mom inspires me to give it my all in everything I do. She is one of the toughest and hard-working people I know.”   

“I going to college,” said Velarde of her plans for after high school.  “I may play on a volleyball club team while I study.  I want to pursue a medical or business career.”  

“The most important attributes of being a leader are listening, inspiring, and putting everyone else before you,” said Velarde.  Her favorite subject is Science I, specifically anatomy.  “I like learning about how we all work internally and how every tiny cell greatly contributes to our overall function.”    

When ask the most difficult thing to overcome as a student-athlete, Velarde said, “mentally preparing myself for a game.  Sometimes I would let the pressure get to me and as a result, I wouldn’t give my best performance”