Explore Middle School Students win $1,500 Prize in ‘Power Up Your Body Challenge’ Competition

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A group of eighth grade girls from Explore Middle School competed in the ‘Power Up Your Body Challenge’ this past weekend at Liberty Science Center, placing second out of more than 100 entries. The group brought back $1,500 for their school, which will be added to the student activity fund. The competition, sponsored by Cabot Creamery, tasked students with designing a campaign to educate their friends about the importance of building strong bones, brains and habits.

“Each of our students volunteered their time to participate in this competitive event and showed professionalism while presenting on such an all too important topic,” said Acting Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez. “I, along with the entire administration at Hudson County Schools of Technology, am proud of the work of our young students and look forward to celebrating more successes as they prepare for high school.”

Explore Middle School’s team included Chanel Cao, Tara Pathak, Olivia Franco, Angelina Torres, Ashanti Crockett, Skye Warner, Samantha Rice and Daniela Correa. The students, along with instructors Shannon Mattern and Norrey Benito, exercised for 30 to 45 minutes daily, tracked their food consumption and logged their fitness journeys.

“We created a website where we shared our journey so that others could see what we did and learn how they could lead a healthy lifestyle themselves,” said Tara Pathak. “Originally when it came to presenting we were nervous but very excited because we had prepared for 4 weeks.”

Students from Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Somerset, Morris, Middlesex, Huterdon, Passaic Westchester, and Rockland Counties, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island competed in the competition.

“The judges were very engaged by our presentation,” said Olivia Franco. “A few of them even participated in the push-up challenge we presented to them. It was cool that they were really enjoying what we did. It made us so happy to see that they understood all of our hard work.”