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LITTLE SILVER: RBR STUDENT ATHLETES SIGN

signingdayofficialOn National Signing Day, February 3, three student athletes from Red Bank Regional High School committed to play college ball. The students whose outstanding contributions helped shape the best football season RBR experienced in three decades, are (seated left to right in photo) wide receiver Sadiq Palmer, Red Bank (University of Massachusetts); defensive back Teddy Mitchell, Red Bank (Sacred Heart University); and defensive end Sean Naiman, Little Silver (Bucknell University). 

RBR TEENS SERENADE SHREWSBURY SENIORS

RBR VPA Shrews HomesteadersIn January, the Shrewsbury Homesteaders invited students from Red Bank Regional’s VPA to serenade them at their monthly meeting. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Jalen Willis, Ricci Bigelow, piano teacher Camille Thompson, Pieter Lootsma, Joe Ferguson, Griffin Perry, and (front row, left to right): Shrewsbury Homesteader President Carolyn Alt, Victoria White, Jenna Smith, Danielle Wolf, Homesteaders Program Chairperson Jerry Viracola.

 Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every month, the senior citizen group known as the Shrewsbury Homesteaders meets at the borough’s historic Presbyterian Church to conduct their business. Sometimes they mix a little pleasure with business — and following a speech by Shrewsbury Mayor Don Burden at their most recent meeting in January, the Homesteaders were treated to the instrumental talents and beautiful voices of Red Bank Regional High School and its Visual and Performing Arts Academy.

The classically trained piano and voice major students performed a variety of their repertoire for the Homesteaders. Griffin Perry performed “The Tempest” by Beethoven; Peter Lootsma played “Sonata N. 14 in C Minor” by Mozart, while Joseph Ferguson offered “Prelude and Fugue N. 17 in Aᵇ Major” by J.S. Bach (all three students are from Little Silver). Pianist Jalen Willis of Neptune City showcased the Jazz genre with “Joes’ Fun Mood Blues” by Joe Utterback.

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RBR ‘BOYS 2 MEN’ DRESS FOR SUCCESS

DSC05499A Red Bank Regional High School “Boys 2 Men” facilitator teaches his students the art of tying a tie, while RBR football star Sadiq Palmer (below) poses in his selected paisley tie at the recent SOURCE-sponsored Dress for Success event.

 Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Sadiq“First Impressions could be lasting impressions,” Red Bank Regional High School Boys 2 Men facilitator and SOURCE clinician Sean Macon told the young men as they stood over a table carefully selecting their choice of tie. The neckwear was courtesy of RBR staff donations for the Boys to Men Dress for Success event, held at the school on January 11. Over 100 ties were donated for the program.

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RBR STUDENTS EARN SCOUTING’S TOP HONOR

zack forest michael maier jrRed Bank Regional students and Red Bank Troop 67 scouts Zackary Forest and Michael Maier Jr., were recently conferred with the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boys Scouts.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Michael Maier, Jr., and Zackary Forest, both of Red Bank and both seniors at Red Bank Regional High Schoo, have grown up together in Boy Scouts. So it is fitting that the two recently earned scouting’s highest achievement of Eagle Scout in their Troop 67. Both young men are enrolled in RBR Academy of Pre-Engineering and are active in their school and community.

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RBR OFFERS BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

IBThe stress of the college application season is just about winding down, as students now anticipate learning where they are accepted — and, ultimately, which school they will attend. But next year at this time, the newly minted college freshmen will be dealing with other challenges, such as transitioning to the academic demands of higher education.

Recently, three students from Red Bank Regional High School were interviewed about a program they were participating in; one which they believe will serve them well once they transition to college. The students (pictured left to right: Manny Sanchez, Claire Toomey and Ray Bernard) offered their thoughts on the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program; first made available during the 2009-2010 school year to to upper classmen at RBR — one of only four schools in Monmouth County (and one of only 12 in the entire state of New Jersey) that offers this rigorous and internationally renowned program.

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RBR TEEN SPURS PEERS TO ‘DO SOMETHING’

Sam LaRocca Emma Craven Moragn GrantRed Bank Regional students Samantha LaRocca, Emma Craven and Morgan Grant display some of the more than 650 cigarette butts they collected around town for the “Get the Filter Out” initiative, one of a number of dosomething.org campaigns aimed at making a difference in their communities.  

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According to Red Bank Regional High School senior Emma Craven, “My Generation has a bad rap for being lazy and not so motivated or engaged to change things…this website (dosomething.org) is trying to encourage people our age to get out there and help.”

As the Red Bank resident explains, the website “lists all types of campaigns you can do, depending on any cause you might be interested in and the blueprint to do it.” Since the summer, Emma and her friends have made maximum use of this unique platform for volunteering — collecting over 600 pieces of clothing for the poor; sending 100 pounds of candy to our troops overseas; donating funds from a retro-board game party to a family shelter. They also collected over 650 cigarette butts — in this case, to keep the non-biodegradable materials from choking local landfills.

All of the above activities were based on ideas found on the dosomething.org website. The campaigns can be as incredibly simple as using reusable water bottles versus plastic ones, and collecting aluminum cans — or as involved as teaching a senior citizen how to use a computer.

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LITTLE SILVER: TEENS WELCOME AT THE KEYS

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School 

All student pianists, grades 7 to 12, are invited to participate in the first Inter-district Piano Day, to be hosted at Red Bank Regional High School on Wednesday, January 27. Students will have an opportunity to meet and talk with other students who share their love of the piano, take part in a master class and sign up to play a solo performance. They will also learn about the “King of Instruments,” the organ.

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LITTLE SILVER: NEW FACES ON RBR’S FIELD

lacrossecoachesofficialRed Bank Regional recently named new head coaches to their girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams.  Pictured with the RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra (center) are Kevin Main, boys lacrosse, and RBR alumna Brook Connell, the new girls’ lacrosse head coach. (Photo by Ella Brockway)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Come springtime, two new faces will be commanding the sidelines for the Lacrosse programs at Red Bank Regional High School. Kevin Main and RBR alumna Brook Connell were announced on December 16 as the new head coaches for the 2016 Bucs boys’ and girls’ teams, respectively.

“I’m excited to have both Kevin and Brook onboard,” stated RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra. “We think that they can both bring great stability to our boys’ and girls’ lacrosse programs, not only at the high school level but also at the feeder system.”

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RED BANK: LADIES LUNCH FOR BUCS

ladiesluncheonThe ladies of the RBR BUC Foundation invite the public to their Ladies Garden Party Luncheon on Sunday, January 31, at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank from 12 to 3:30 pm.  Early ticket orders are encouraged as the event sells out every year. Pictured planning the annual Ladies Garden Party Luncheon for the Red Bank Regional BUC Foundation are (left to right, standing)  Committee Co-Chair Lisa Sheehan, Lee White, Cathy Balto, and (left to right, seated) Committee Co-Chair Dulce Feito-Daly, Committee Co-Chair Joyce Fernandez, Tricia Dougan, Maryann Armond, and Teresa Jahns-Hottman.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School Buc Backers Foundation

The ladies of the Red Bank Regional (RBR) BUC Backer Foundation invite the public to don their favorite hats and head to the annual Ladies Garden Party Luncheon, scheduled for Sunday, January 31 at The Oyster Point Hotel. Going on from noon to 3:30 pm, the popular event features fabulous chance auction gifts, a three-course lunch, mimosas — and of course, the magnificent water views of the Navesink from the balcony of the hotel at 146 Bodman Place.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR DANCERS IN THE LIGHT

RBR DancePress release from Red Bank Regional High School

The “Season of Lights” may have given way to the winter doldrums, but on the evening of Wednesday, January 13, the Visual and Performing Arts Academy dance majors of Red Bank Regional High School will be “Dancing in the Dark” during a special event that shines a spotlight on their multi-faceted talents.

Scheduled for 7 pm inside the RBR theatre, the annual Winter Dance Showcase features 18 pieces performed by the 32 VPA dance majors in a variety of genres, including contemporary, modern, jazz and ballet. Most pieces are choreographed by students — including a special tap number to Rihanna’s “Dancing in the Dark,” organized by sophomore Rachel Kline of Red Bank — with two pieces created by professional dancers and choreographers Kimberly Labriola and Noah Gouldsmith, and several by RBR teacher Cara Scacco.

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RBR TECH TEAMS TAKE TOP HONORS

teamoneofficialPictured are ten of the Red Bank Regional  students who brought back top honors in several categories at the FBLA regional tech comnpetitions held this past fall.  Front row, left to right: Young Chen, James Szwede, Zach MacLean, Devin Long; back row, left to right: Nicole Ortiz, Makoto Brown, Nick Polis, Bobby Villaluz, Kyle Neary and Andrew Schembor. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

This past fall, a number of students from the Academy of Information Technology at Red Bank Regional High School participated in the online tech competitions sponsored by the Central Regional Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). With 19 RBR students qualifying to compete, the results were stunning, as they swept the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions in four categories, while placing high in several others. The students will be competing at the 2016 FBLA NJ State competitions, which will be held in February at Harrah’s Conference Center in Atlantic City.

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RBR MAKES COLLEGE BOARD HONOR ROLL

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As detailed in the sixth annual AP (Advanced Placement) District Honor Roll, Red Bank Regional High School was named as one of only 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada honored by the College Board for increasing access to AP course work, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

Reaching these goals indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. To be included on the Honor Roll, RBR had to increase the number of students participating in AP, while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher since 2013.

Red Bank Regional was one of only 36 schools in New Jersey that earned this distinction, and one of two high schools in Monmouth County, the other being Manasquan School District.

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A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR RBR FAMILIES

givingtreePictured (left to right) at Red Bank Regional High School are RBR SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller, Youth Development Specialist Regina Cochrane, and RBR BUC Backer Foundation member Claire Harbeck Izzo, with the many donated gifts for RBR families in need. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every year, The SOURCE Foundation at Red Bank Regional High School works to make the holidays brighter for its families in need. This year, partnering with the RBR BUC Backers Foundation, The SOURCE was able to quadruple its efforts through the Virtual Giving Tree program. Over $5,000 in gifts was donated within a two-week period that will benefit over 30 families.

“Our clinicians know the needs of our families and we obtain specific information on what our families can use for the holidays,” explained SOURCE director Suzanne Keller. “We would ask for donations among our staff and the school community, by placing the requests on a ‘Giving Tree’ in the school.”

Enter Claire Harbeck Izzo — a BUC Backer member and administrator for the Constant Contact email service — who thought that people might be more inclined to give if the process was simplified online. Through an amazing tool called Sign-Up Genius, Mrs. Izzo created a virtual list of all the specific needs requested by the SOURCE families and linked it to the BUC Backer email list. The slots were quickly and almost completely filled.

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SWEET WISHES TO THE TROOPS, FROM RBR

StockingStuffingOfficialForty members of the National Spanish Honor Society at Red Bank Regional High School spent their afternoon stuffing stockings filled with sweet treats for American troops stationed in the Middle East. Accompanying the stockings will be home-made cards by the students expressing their sentiments to the soldiers. “It is so difficult for our troops to spend their holiday away from family and loved ones,” explained Society Advisor Lisa Boyle, who was inspired to put together the project when she recently met the girlfriend of a soldier in the 32nd Infantry, currently stationed in Afghanistan. “The students wanted to send them a special treat so they know we are thinking of them and ever appreciative of their sacrifice for us at home.” 

GREETINGS FROM RBR, TO KIDS OF ST. JUDE’S

StJudecardsofficialPictured during the St. Jude Cards for Kids event at Red Bank Regional High School are (standing, left to right) Mike Hanlon, Jack McMahon; (sitting) Sophie Morris, Megan Zabarsky, Madison Ciccone, and Isabella Ramos. The students were among the more than 75 participants who created 125 fanciful holiday cards filled with best wishes for the children at St. Jude’s Hospital in Chicago. RBR teachers Jennifer Casaine and Cassandra Dorn act as coordinators for the activity, which expanded this year to two extra days, and which drew the participation of everyone from athletes to International Baccalaureate students.