For over 30 years, Brother Andrew O’Gara was a fixture of the Christian Brothers Academy community, arriving in 1979 as principal and being named the school’s first president in 1991. O’Gara faithfully served the Academy before his passing in November 2008 — and every year, the school honors his dedication and service via the annual Brother Andrew Fall Outing.
Sponsored by the CBA Fathers’ Club, the event actively recognizes Br. Andrew’s mission of educating the next generation of leaders, and helping those who might not otherwise be able to attend CBA due to financial means. Proceeds from the event go towards financial support for current CBA students — and on October 3, the Outing successfully raised over $35,000 toward that goal.
Chicago Fire midfielder Nick LaBrocca is among the standout alumni of Christian Brothers Academy to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame this year.
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Christian Brothers Academy and the CBA Alumni Association have announced this year’s individual and team inductees to the CBA Hall of Fame. The five standout individual honorees and two school sports teams will be formally recognized at this year’s Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday, November 19, to be hosted at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake.
Members of the Tech Club at Christian Brothers Academy explain the details of their program to attendees at last weekend’s CBA Open House for the Class of 2021.
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On Sunday, October 2, Christian Brothers Academy held its annual Open House event for prospective students and their families. Information on a full lineup of the academics, activities and athletics available to CBA students was on display, as were the hard-working faculty and staff members who make such programming possible.
Attendees were given the chance to meet current students, tour the facilities, and register for the upcoming October 29 Entrance Exam. Over 40 different student clubs and organizations were on display, as were the 18 Varsity athletic programs and the state-record eight ShopRite Cups.
The start of the academic year may be approaching fast, but a pair of student athletes from Christian Brothers Academy — rising junior and wrestling/ jiu-jitsu competitor Christian Recanatini (left) plus rising sophomore and basketball/ lacrosse team member Tim Murray (right) — found a great way to get psyched up for a semester of accomplishment, when they joined CBA Strength and Conditioning Coach Steve Bare (center) to compete in a USA Weightlifting meet in Andover, NJ. The trio racked up some impressive honors in the intense outdoor heat, with Recanatini awarded Bronze honors for the Junior 69kg class, and Murray achieving Gold for the Junior 105kg class. Coach Bare was awarded Silver in the senior 94kg class, and qualified for the USA Weightlifting 2016 u25 National Championships.
Christian Brothers Academy pitcher Luca Dalatri broke the all-time Shore Conference wins record with a complete-game shutout against Middletown South in Lakewood Wednesday. Shore Sports Zonehas full highlights and post-game coverage of the Colts’ 2-0 win for their third consecutive Shore Conference baseball championship.
The right-handed Dalatri now has 35 victories, and is expected to be selected during the MLB Amateur Draft which begins on Thursday night.
Christian Brothers Academy held off Red Bank Catholic, 5-3, to advance to the Shore Conference final in a great high school baseball game at Count Basie Field in Red Bank Wednesday night.
CBA pitcher Luca Dalatri tied the all-time conference wins record with 34, but it didn’t come without a scare. Entering the game having given up just one run and two walks all season, the right-hander ceded two hits and three RBIs to Evan Madigan alone, and had to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to pick up the complete game victory. Shore Sports Zone has all the highlights.
CBA will now face Middletown South Sunday night at the home of the Lakewood Blue Claws.(Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)
Matthew Baldes was among the five members of the Christian Brothers Academy Class of 2016 who showcased their capstone projects during the school’s first-ever Scholars Program Colloquium on May 17. The CBA senior — who explained and demonstrated a model of his design for a quad copter, used to shoot video and to conduct search and rescue operations — joined fellow classmen Jonathan Alicea, Corbin Richardson, Anthony Sardella and Richard Stefanik in an evening exhibition of their top-ranked projects in the areas of engineering, music, drama and civics scholarship. Directed by history department chair Mr. Jeffrey Matson since the program’s inception in 2010, the Scholars Program offers select juniors a unique research-driven experience that continues throughout their senior year, when the scholars develop an independent project that permits them to explore in depth areas of individual interest under the direction of a personal mentor, from the CBA faculty or the private sector.
A prototype breath-powered phone charger. A self-constructed quadcopter used to shoot video and approximate search and rescue operations. A presentation on how the U.S. electoral system differs from those of England and France. An original comedy play, and an original piano piece composed by a self-taught keyboard artist.
These works of art, engineering and scholarship are actually the doing of five high school students — all of them seniors at Lincroft’s Christian Brothers Academy. And on the evening of Tuesday, May 17, the school will showcase the research projects and findings of these incredibly gifted students, during its first ever Scholars Colloquium. The public is welcome to attend the 7 p.m. event, and details can be obtained by calling the school at (732)747-1959.
Once again, the Latin students at Christian Brothers Academy displayed their academic prowess in the National Latin Exam. The annual exam was administered to over 153,000 students this year, from across the US and from 20 foreign countries. Results of this year’s exam were announced in late April.
Of the 102 Academy men who took this year’s exam, seven students earned Gold Medals; 24 students earned Silver Medals; eight finished Magna Cum Laude, and 10 finished Cum Laude.
Christian Brothers Academy seniors Aidan Conaghan (St. Bonaventure Soccer), Jonathan Dooling (George Washington Cross Country), Blaise Ferro (Northern Arizona Cross Country), Will Lutkewitte (Cornell Track & Field), Josh Martinez (Manhattan Track & Field) and Nick Trigani (Wake Forest Track & Field) signed their National Letters of Intent last week.
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During an April 13 ceremony inside the school’s library, six Christian Brothers Academy student-athletes inked their commitments to the Division I collegiate level. These six Colts join the 15 student-athletes who signed in November, and the three who signed in February, bringing CBA’s future Division I athlete count to an impressive 24 students.
Even more impressively, eight athletes from the CBA Cross Country and Track & Field programs have signed with Division I colleges since then. Seniors Brian Dengler (Bucknell), Paul Knepple (Richmond) and Mike Zupko (Princeton) signed their letters in November.
The Chess Team from Christian Brothers Academy won its first-ever national title at the National High School Chess Championships, held April 1-3 in Atlanta, GA.
CBA’s championship team of Daniel Draganoff, Chris Giordano, Chris Wall, Luke Drennan, and Daniel Giammanco won the U1900 section, combining to score 20 points in 7 rounds of play. Each player of the winning squad logged a total 28 hours of playing time over the course of the three-day championship.
Individually, Draganoff finished in a tie for second, winning 6 of his 7 matches. Giordano and Wall both finished in a tie for ninth place, each winning 5 of their 7 matches.
For many, March is a time synonymous with school pride, college basketball, and bracket-style competition. With this in mind, Christian Brothers Academy launched the school’s first ever bracket-style tournament to raise funds for the school’s annual operating budget.
The “CBA March Madness Giving Challenge” pitted every graduating class in school history against one another. Alumni were prompted to “Accept The Challenge” and amass points through donating and rallying their classmates to do the same. Points were earned for both individual participation and cumulative donations by class, once they surpassed certain designated amounts.
During the week, alumni were kept in the loop with email and social media updates on class point totals. After the first 48-hour round, the top sixteen classes advanced, narrowing down each day to Friday’s final four classes. The Class of 1984 was crowned champion after Friday’s final four round, followed by the Classes of 1982, 2000 and 1979.
In what has become an annual tradition at Christian Brothers Academy, over 40 students from CBA and Trinity Hall helped spread some holiday cheer on Thursday, December 17 during the annual Holiday Express Christmas Party. Students and faculty joined Tim McLoone (at keyboard) and the bandmembers and support team of Holiday Express for a day of Christmas fun and dancing, all to help adults with special needs and disabilities enjoy this special time of year. (More photos after the story break)
As a last minute surprise before winter break, The Gaslight Anthem’s lead singer Brian Fallon (holding CBA shirt) came to Christian Brothers Academy to speak with over 100 students.
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Christmas came early for the creative writing students at Christian Brothers Academy when Brian Fallon, lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem, held a special guest lecture. The Red Bank-born songwriter, on the cusp of beginning a national tour, took some time to speak with students after a truly impressive ask on social media.
Fallon coming to CBA started as a conversation between students in Mr. Cusick’s creative writing class about who would make for a great guest speaker. Fallon’s name came up as many students were fans of the local rocker’s band. With the idea of asking nicely through social media, the students took to Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #FallonToCBA and inspiring fellow students, alumni, and even several media outlets to draw a spotlight to the cause. Several days and several hundred Twitter interactions later, Fallon (@thebrianfallon on Twitter) made his acceptance known, tweeting: “Dear @CBALincroft – get ready!!!!!!!!!!!!! The people have spoken!”
On Thursday, December 17, the dream became a reality, with Fallon arriving at the Lincroft campus to speak to over 100 students.
Through the generous efforts of students, faculty, staff and their families, the 2015 Christian Brothers Academy Thanksgiving Food Drive amassed a tally of 20,191 items to help benefit those in need. Campus Ministry director Tim Sewing noted that many food pantries and benefit organizations find their stocks significantly depleted following the holiday rush, and the annual CBA effort has helped fill that gap. As has been custom, the student body was awarded an extra day off for the holiday weekend, with the announcement made during the Academy’s Thanksgiving Prayer Service, a completely student-run service in which the entire school participates.
Fifteen senior student-athletes at Christian Brothers Academy — a collection of Colts representing swimming, wrestling, track, cross country, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, and crew — formalized their commitments to continue their educations and athletic careers at colleges and universities across the country, in a ceremony held last week in the Academy library.
“On behalf of CBA, I would like to express just how proud we all are of our exceptional student-athletes here today,” said Vito Chiaravalloti, athletic director. “What’s most impressive is not that they are talented enough to continue their athletic careers, rather that they have placed a priority on their studies, giving themselves the opportunity to attend some of the best colleges in the nation. These young men truly embody what it means to be a student-athlete.”
On the evening of Monday, October 19, the Red Bank-based nonprofit Lunch Break will host its sixth annual gala, “Under One Roof,” celebrating 32 years of dedicated service to the community.
Taking place from 6 to 10 pm at Navesink Country Club in Middletown, the event will celebrate the successful completion of the capital campaign that once again brought all of Lunch Break’s services together under one roof.
Several individuals and groups will be honored at this special event for their steadfast commitment to the mission of Lunch Break. This year’s honorees will be Trudy and Charlie Parton, who will receive the Norma Todd Service Award; Foodstock NJ, the recipient of the Beacon of Service Award; Christian Brothers Academy, honored with the Charitable Youth Award; and Lunch Break’s Homebound Volunteers, who will collectively be honored with the Heart to Hand Award.
Twenty-one eighth graders from Red Bank Middle School have been accepted into the prestigious Red Bank Regional High School academies for next year. They are Desiree Marshall, Creative Writing and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID); Nicholette Glenn, Creative Writing; Michelle Hernandez, Creative Writing; Hannah Nishiura, Creative Writing; Stacy Osorio, Early Childhood Development and AVID; Maria Jimenez, Finance and Early Childhood Development; Jesus Rodriguez, Finance and Engineering; Luis Flores, Finance and Engineering; Cyntaia Birch, AVID; Victoria Sibrian, Early Childhood Development; Camarra Britain , Information Technology; Kady Aguilar, Information Technology and AVID; Gabriela Ortiz, Creative Writing; Rafael Martinez, Informational Technology and Engineering; Manuel Rosario, Vocal; Avian Goldwire, Drama; Tamia Waddy, Drama, Creative Writing and AVID; Chris Marshall, Interactive Media; Adeline Monfil, Information Technology and AVID; Ashley Talerico, AVID and Cristo Luna, AVID. In addition, Jose Campa received the Conte 1st Generation Scholarship to attend Christian Brothers Academy.
The Sony Pictures Classics rockumentary LAMBERT AND STAMP is screened as part of statewide student film competition Project FX, with finalists in the High School and College categories showcased at the Count Basie this Sunday, April 19.
They hail from places like Middletown High School South, Christian Brothers Academy and Brookdale Community College — and for a few minutes at least, they’re peers on a par with such Jersey-bred filmmakers, movers and shakers as Kevin Smith, John Sayles, Danny De Vito — even Tom Edison and his Black Maria studio.
The revolution that placed pro-grade videography and editing tech into the hands of aspiring filmmakers everywhere — and the social media mechanism that allows neighborhood auteurs to have their work be viewed by mass audiences — is at the heart of Project FX, the Count Basie Theatre’s statewide film competition for students of New Jersey high schools and colleges.
For the members of Middletown Reformed Church, it still seems like yesterday when the shocking news started to hit the tight-knit community, shaking it to the core. Though ten years has passed, the impact of Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski’s death has not diminished. A beloved member of the congregation and youth group at the church, the intense pain of Dennis’ passing in 2005 is still so fresh to many, it seems.
While the news of his death was devastating to his family, friends, and the community-at-large, those who loved and cared for him established the Lieutenant Dennis Zilinski Youth Group Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2006 to honor his memory and to pay tribute to the way in which his lived his life — a life that embodied the values of service to God and Church, service to country, service to his family and service to his community. Established through the leadership and dedication of Jo-Ann LoSapio and her son Christopher, the scholarship fund committee hosts fundraising events to support scholarships to youth group members who are entering college, furthering their higher education or entering the military.
On Saturday, May 16, the Middletown Reformed Church Youth Memorial Scholarship Committee will host “Dancing With Dennis,” an event which will raise money for youth scholarships, honor the lasting legacy of Lieutenant Zilinski, pay tribute to veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and recognize members of Gold Star Mothers. The event, which will be held from 6-10 pm at VFW Post 2179 in Port Monmouth, ill feature a buffet dinner and cash bar.