Hopwood rules Leadership Corps cadet challenge


The Hopwood Middle School Leadership Corps dominated in the 2nd Annual Middle School Leadership Corps Cadet Challenge last Saturday.

Aside from placing first overall, Admiral Herbert G. Hopwood Junior High School students also bested over 30 other participating students in the top male and female categories.

The annual Middle School Leadership Corps Cadet Challenge is a CNMI-wide cadet challenge where five cadets from each middle school’s Leadership Corps is selected to take on a set of obstacles that are supposed to demonstrate resilience and grit.

Throughout the day, each team was required to complete a series of obstacles. The obstacles, in no particular order, was the pull up/flex arm, sit ups, stretching, and shuttle run. At the end of the challenge, every participating student conducted a one-mile run together.

The obstacles were created with the intent to push the students past their comfort zones and to initiate leadership skills and team building skills in every participant.

According to Bobby Cruz, acting associate commissioner for Student and Support Services, he is proud to support the cadet challenge competition because students get to practice and showcase what it means to be resilient, to persevere, and to be great young leaders.

The top female cadet, Pauline Joyce, an eight-grader at Hopwood, said she was shocked and excited that all her hard work in training for the event paid off.

Top male cadet, Justice Ngewako, another eight-grader at Hopwood, said the journey to achieving his accomplishment was hard and exhausting but it was well worth it.

Hopwood cadets left all the other schools in the dust with an overall percentile score of 68. The percentage was tabulated by summing up all the points each student was given from each obstacle and dividing it by five.

Coming in second was Francisco M. Sablan Junior High School with a score of 57 percentile overall. Completing the top three was Rota High School/Junior High School with a 54.5 percentile score.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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