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Tinian JROTC competes in the heat of Cadet Challenge Bowl

TINIAN — The island’s JROTC Stallion Battalion had experienced the semesterly Cadet Challenge Bowl for an entire day of May 31, 2019.

From 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., the day was dedicated to undertaking five vigorous events, push-ups, curl-ups, v-sit, shuttle run, and one-mile run. Cadet Challenge has always taken place in the morning to avoid the hot sun in the afternoon.

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A company formation was made for cadets to receive bottled water with their names on it. To energize and take the lethargy out of their system, some quick and easy stretching exercises were done. Promptly after Captain Joseph Santos gave some safety briefing tips and told everyone to “Don’t forget to have fun,” Department of Safety personnel arrived and were handed clipboards with the grading sheets attached to them to serve as graders for the event. For safety measures, cadets who have allergies or special conditions had their sleeves taped with duct-tape. Emergency Medical Services were on standby in case cadets were in need of medical attention. Certainly, it is important to take care of yourself and be aware of your limits. Deepest appreciation to DPS and EMS for supporting JROTC whenever we have events like this.

Cadets were split into four teams by alphabetical order. Once a group was finished with their station, a loud beep from the megaphone would give the signal to switch to the next station. The scorer’s kept a record of everyone’s score on the grading sheet that was given to them.

The cadets were given constant reminders to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

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Finishing up the Cadet Challenge was the one-mile run or walk. That one-mile run is no joke. It tests your mental and physical abilities and endurance. Because Tinian Jr./Sr. High School’s track is still unusable, the one-mile event took place at the school’s parking lot.

Time quickly seemed to fly by and when lunchtime time arrived, cadets were busy chowing down the scrumptious food ordered from JC Cafe. Even after going through such physical activities, the cadets still had enough energy to take part in a company game, called capture the flag, where the three companies each tried to steal the other’s team flag.

The cadets and even the JROTC instructors weren’t expecting a nice surprise at the end of the day. While the seniors (Class of 2019) were wrapping up their final senior walk around the school in celebration of their last day, the senior cadets showed up to JROTC to give hugs. The staff, company leaders, and a few senior cadets were given their JROTC stoles.

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Instantly, everyone was in tears while the seniors hugged the other cadets, bidding their goodbyes. They had dedicated so much of their time to JROTC and it was heartbreaking to see them leave.

Now, the Cadet Challenge Bowl wouldn’t be fun without competition. The Top 3 females and Top 3 males for each event were awarded medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. (1st place is gold, 2nd place is silver, and third place is bronze). Since there were five events, the cadets had a likely chance of earning at least one medal.

Top 3 Females

Push ups

Dea Patio

Cielo Long

Marisa King

Curls ups

Hannah Biton (senior)

Lydia Bokuku

Angel Lagunay

V-sit

Anne Sanchez

Angela Esteban

Dea Patio

Shuttle Run

Karen Lagunay

Colleen Cing

Renuka Shrestha (senior)

One-mile run

Angel Lagunay

Renuka Shrestha (senior)

Colleen Cing

Top 3 Males

Push ups

Malinao Palacios

Devin Cing

Manuel Quitugua (senior)

Curls ups

Vincent Manibusan

Malinao Palacios

Clarence Rodriguez

V-sit

Adrian Bautista

Peter Dela Cruz

Pedro Pinaula (senior)

Shuttle Run

Tyler Santos

Kenneth Subia (senior)

Jared King

One-mile run

Tyler Santos

Vincent Manibusan

Tasi Long

A big congratulations to these cadets for pushing themselves to achieve these awards. We hope that cadets of the Stallion Battalion use this as motivation to try harder next Cadet Challenge. Look what you can accomplish when you combine mental strength with physical strength.

Hooah!