June 11, 2015

(Newark, NJ) – Robert Melillo, a Nutley High School graduating senior, was honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for winning the Group 3 Javelin State Championship for the second consecutive year.  The Board’s commendation was sponsored and presented by District 5 Freeholder Cynthia D. Toro of Bloomfield during the Board’s June 10th meeting held at the Hall of Records in Newark.

Nutley H. S. senior Robert Melillo was honored by Essex County District 5 Freeholder Cynthia Toro during the Freeholder Board’s June 10th meeting held at the Hall of Records in Newark.  (Photo by Glen Frieson)


Freeholder Toro introduced 2-time state champion Melillo as an “outstanding young man from the district I represent on the Freeholder Board”, and recounted his accomplishments with the javelin, as the quarterback of the Nutley H. S. football team, and as “…a volunteer in his community, as well as for victims of tornadoes in Alabama and of Hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point, New York.”  She presented him with his Commendation from the Board saying, “Rob, you excel in athletics and academics, and even more importantly, as a caring young man.  Congratulations!”

Melillo thanked the Board for honoring him, as well as “everyone in the Nutley School System for pushing me to be the best I could be.”  He also thanked all of his coaches along the way, and his teammates, “without whom (football offensive linemen) I wouldn’t be standing here today for having been hit so bad!”  “I also want to thank my parents… they’re the best… for always being there when I need them.”

Rob Melillo won his second consecutive Group 3 state championship on Saturday, May 30th, in South Plainfield with throws of 186’2” and 185’2”, while also capturing his third straight North 2 Group 3 sectional championship.  This season he also won the Essex County Track & Field Javelin Championship, his second consecutive Super Essex Conference (SEC) Liberty Division Championship, he placed 6th at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions, and qualified to compete at the New Balance Javelin Nationals in late June.

In addition to his prowess with the javelin as a member of the Track & Field Team, Melillo was the quarterback and long snapper for the NHS football team, where he earned 1st Team All-SEC Offense and 1st Team All-Area Offense honors this season; he also played on the school’s basketball team during his freshman and sophomore years.  He also received the Nutley UNICO “Brian Piccolo Athlete of the Year Scholarship Award”, and the Nutley High School/Nutley Third Half Club’s “Martin Rizzolo Memorial Award” and “Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year Award”.

Melillo is a member of the Nutley High School Patriot Club, sings in the Concert Choir, and as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a family that lost their home during the recent massive tornadoes, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for Hurricane Sandy relief work in Breezy Point, NY.  He also works as a Referee for the Nutley Recreation Department’s Flag Football and Basketball programs, and an Umpire for its Girls Softball program, and works snow removal with Gaccione Landscaping.

The son of his proud parents, Dana Melillo and Frank Gaccione, Rob will attend Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland in the fall.

Freeholder Cynthia D. Toro of Bloomfield is currently serving her first term representing District 5 which includes Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Nutley.  She is the first Latina to serve on the Freeholder Board.

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For Additional Information:
Gary Kroessig, Public Information
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Board of Chosen Freeholders, County of Essex
Hall of Records - Room 558, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Newark, New Jersey 07102
Tel: (973) 621-4486 Fax: (973) 621-5695