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LITTLE SILVER: A ‘WORK OUT DAY’ CHALLENGE

Risa Clay workoutRed Bank Regional principal Risa Clay (center) is joined by WOD team members (left to right) Christina Emrich, Renee Koblan and Whitney Breckenridge in preparation for their Work Out of the Day on June 11. The get-fit challenge will benefit the SOURCE program at RBR. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Principal Risa Clay of Red Bank Regional High School has challenged both her school and her entire community to get fit with her. Jumpstarting that resolution, RBR will host a WOD — Workout of the Day — on Saturday, June 11. Evolv3 Training of Tinton Falls will orchestrate the workout, which will take place throughout the day on the RBR Lacrosse field.

The timed workouts will be staged in four timed-heat rounds of a workout circuit, which will consist of jump-roping, burpees, broad jumps, rowing, and tire flips, among other events. Entrants may compete individually or in teams, and all proceeds will benefit the RBR-based program The SOURCE, which offers such free services to the community as mental health counseling, academic support, preventative medical, dental and eye care, recreational and cultural events, scholarship opportunities and summer programming for incoming freshmen.

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RBR PHOTO MAJORS TOPS IN CAMERA CONTEST

RBR photo winnersIn early May, photography majors from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School took part in the Ocean County Camera Club Photo Contest. Among the 50 winners in 450 entries are (left to right) RBR students Bridget Kelly, Cat Ishimasa (Honorable Mention in the Monochromatic category), Sam Havens (First Place in the Photographers Choice/Monochromatic category), Anya Carney, Juliet Slattery, and Kathleen Flynn. Photos by Bridget and Anya (whose entry can be seen at center of picture) will be displayed in a show at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. next October.

LITTLE SILVER: NEW RBR FITNESS CTR. A HIT

Del Dal Pra RBR fitness ctrPictured with RBR athletic Director Del Dal Pra and Coach Nick Giglio are the RBR athletes who had gathered to work in the new fitness facility after school.  

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

This school year saw the debut of a spacious new 2,700 sq. ft. fitness center at Red Bank Regional High School, a much desired addition that came to fruition through a a financial commitment by the Board of Education to fund the construction, and from community donations to furnish the space. The BUC Backer Foundation and BUC Backer Booster Club fundraised over $75,000 to provide state-of-the art equipment, and the addition cost  of $1,070,000  was funded under the district’s capital improvement fund.

The new facility allows for 60 to 70 students to work out comfortably; since its opening this past fall, its utilization has seen about that number on any given afternoon. During the day, physical education classes visit the facility to instruct students how to use the equipment.  Lesson plans are being written to incorporate use of the facility into next year’s curriculum.

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LITTLE SILVER: TWO NIGHTS AT THE OPERA

RBROperaPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

The vocal majors of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School are proud to present an operatic double feature on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.

Presented in the auditorium of the RBR building at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver, the program begins at 7 p.m. with Orfeo ed Euridice, by 18th century composer Christoph Willibald von Gluck. Performed in Italian with English subtitles, the opera also features a ballet by RBR VPA dance majors.

The second show, a modern comic adaptation of Seymour Barab’s 1956 opera A Game of Chance, will be presented in English. Both shows will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

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RBR FREE PRE-SCHOOL ADDS AFTERNOONS

RBR Little BucsPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

The best pre-school opportunity in the area just doubled its capacity, as the Red Bank Regional High School Little Bucs Preschool program will add an afternoon class next fall. The program is operated free of charge to residents in the RBR sending-school towns of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury as well as surrounding towns, in conjunction with the high school’s Early Childhood Development Program.

Running from 11:50 a.m. to 1:25 p.m., the newly added afternoon session takes place in a professional early education classroom located within the RBR school building. The classroom is self-contained, and has an exit door which opens onto a patio for outdoor activities. Drop off and pick up will take place at the front door of Red Bank Regional, and the ratio of student teachers to pre-schoolers in the program will be one-to-one.

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RBR STUDENT ATHLETES SIGN FOR FUTURE

RBR signingWhile there is an official fall and winter signing day for Division I athletes, many other student athletes wait for May to decide where they wish to continue their education and athletic careers, including this group of student athletes from Red Bank Regional High School. Pictured back row, left to right are Ricky Wild of Belmar (Football, St. Anselm College), Jacob Curtis of Little Silver (Men’s Soccer, Monmouth University), Andrew DeRose of Shrewsbury (Men’s Outdoor Track, Rochester Institute of Technology), Tom Hinz of Allenhurst (Wrestling, SUNY Cortland), Brian Fagan of Little Silver (Men’s Lacrosse, Pace University), Michael Calao of Little Silver (Men’s Soccer, Loyola University), Righteon Johnson of Red Bank (Football, Kean University). Pictured front row left to right are Victoria Pierce of Shrewsbury (Rowing, College of the Holy Cross), Rachel Weir of Neptune City (Women’s Soccer, Penn State- Brandywine), Shea Cody of Shrewsbury (Women’s Cross Country, Pace University) and Katie Peter of Avon, (Field Hockey, Endicott College). Not pictured is Ryan Gilmartin of Little Silver (Men’s Lacrosse, Mt. Saint Mary’s College).

LITTLE SILVER: RBR WRITERS WIN MEDALS

RBR national scholar winnersFour Creative Writing majors at Red Bank Regional’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy recently won coveted National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, distinguishing themselves as top student writers in the country.  Pictured with their teacher Dr. Gretna Wilkinson (center) are: Skylar Eber (silver medal), Mya Nunnally (silver); Jordan Fleming (gold), and Willow Martin (silver). 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Creative Writing majors in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) at Red Bank Regional High School once again earned a bounty of awards in the prestigious National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Four RBR students won national awards, with Jordan Fleming of Red Bank winning a gold medal. Silver medals went to Skylar Eber (Bradley Beach), Willow Martin (Little Silver), and Mya Nunnally (Red Bank).

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LITTLE SILVER: MILESTONE FOR RELAY EVENT

Two Rivers Relay for LifePress release from Red Bank Regional High School

On Friday, May 20, Red Bank Regional High School will be the setting once more, as the school’s Little Silver campus hosts the tenth annual edition of the Two Rivers Relay for Life.

A fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life is a community-driven project that involves students, residents and employees from Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson, Oceanport, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach. RBR has hosted the signature fundraising event for the ACS since its inception.

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A (PINK) SPORTS PARADE IN LITTLE SILVER

Press release from Little Silver Recreation

LS softballThis Saturday, April 30, Little Silver Recreation will present a Spring Sports Parade event, starting at 1:00 p.m. Lacrosse, softball, and baseball players from the borough’s programs will march wearing their team uniforms from the Little Silver Fire House to the Borough Fields, and will be led by members of the Little Silver Police and Fire Departments.

The parade will be followed by a ceremony presided over  by Mayor Robert Neff, who will present the “Little Silver Spirit Award” to Kathleen Hoffman, who is retiring after coaching for over 15 years. Coach Hoffman has supervised all girls’ recreation sports programs in the borough, including lacrosse, which she was instrumental in starting eight years ago. Also being honored will be “Breast Cancer Survivors” whose continued good health will be celebrated.

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LITTLE SILVER: CHANNEL 11 COMES TO RBR

RBR Channel 11RBR Interactive Media student Haley Watson (left) was interviewed by WPIX Channel 11 reporter Lisa Mateo (right), while cameraman Dave Kimmel filmed the piece for a segment aired during WPIX coverage of the New York Car Show.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Interactive Media classes at Red Bank Regional High School had the cameras turned on them recently, when WPIX 11 Morning News visited RBR to film a segment about distracted driving awareness.

WPIX 11 correspondent Lisa Mateo reported on Mr. Carl Grillo’s students, who were busy filming this year’s #RBRHSDBD Safe Teen Driving Campaign Public Service Announcement on distracted driving. The on-air reporter also graciously agreed to a cameo appearance in the student-made PSA.

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LITTLE SILVER: SAFE AT HOMESTEAD

PH Cobb set A collection of baseball cards from 1909, including two feauring Ty Cobb, found among the possessions of a former Parker family member will be on display Sunday. (Photo by Liz Hanson. Click to enlarge)

Spring 2016 offers local residents and New Jersey history buffs several chances to tour the Parker Homestead, the National Historic Site (one of the oldest standing residences in the Garden State) that marked its 350th anniversary in 2015.

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 17, the public will be able to view the progress of the ongoing interior restoration effort, with tours offered between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. Meanwhile, the old Parker property will host one of Little Silver Borough’s fire trucks, for a special “Touch-A-Truck” session that allows kids to get up close and hands-on with this hard-working piece of emergency response equipment. Families are encouraged to bring a camera for photo ops with borough firefighters, during the event dedicated to the memory of longtime LSFD volunteer Doug Parker.

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LITTLE SILVER: FIN FORD FREESKIS TO WIN

Finbar FordOn April 9 through 13, the top junior freeskiers from across the country will meet at Copper Mountain in Colorado — and an 11 year old fifth-grader from Little Silver’s Markham Place School will be among them.

Over the last six months, Finbar Ford has competed against the best freeskiers on the East Coast. His performance in skier halfpipe and slope-style has earned him a coveted spot at the upcoming 2016 USA Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) Nationals.

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RBR’S MONAGHAN AN OUT-LOUD WINNER

Patrick MonaghanPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

On March 17, Red Bank Regional High School senior Patrick Monaghan of Little Silver came in second in the very competitive New Jersey Regional Poetry Out Loud State Championship. This was the second visit to the competition’s stage for the celebrated RBR thespian, who has won the Regional competition for the past two years.

For his performance at the College of New Jersey, Patrick performed William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29: When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes as well as two other selections: Or by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Ode to the Midwest by Kevin Young.

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RBR TECH STUDENTS WIN TOP HONORS

FBLA_StatesWinnersThe Academy of Information Technology Students from Red Bank Regional High School were dominant in the State Future Business Leader Completions, held on February 18 in at Harrah’s Conference Center in Atlantic City. Pictured above are (left to right, front row): Devin Long (1st place in Networking Concepts); Zach MacLean, Andrew DeRose, Young Chen, Josh Goldsmith, and (back row) Bobby Villaluz, James Szwede, Chloe Sharpe, Nick Polis, Nicole Ortiz, Harry Jain, and Andrew Schembor (missing from photo: Makoto Brown). The students are now eligible to compete in the national competition, taking place June 29 to July 2 in Atlanta. 

RBR BOARD HONORS COMMENDED SCHOLARS

Joseph Ferguson Gabriella RecaldeRed Bank Regional seniors Joe Ferguson and Gabriella Recalde were recently recognized by the Board of Education for their honors of National Merit Commended Scholar and National Hispanic Scholar, respectively.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At its February meeting, the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education honored a pair of RBR seniors as its commended scholars. Joseph Ferguson of Little Silver was honored as a National Merit Commended Scholar, while  Gabriela Recalde of Millstone was named as a National Hispanic Scholar (NHRP) through the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

This National Merit award is based on the commended student’s performance on the 2014 Preliminary Sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test, and represents the top 5 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014-2015 competition. The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies and celebrates students who score within the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT takers. Out of over 225,000 high school juniors self-identifying as Hispanic/Latino, only 5,000 are selected as NHRP Scholars.

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