RBR SOCCER GIRLS WIN REFS AWARD

rbr-girls-soccerRed Bank Regional Athletic Director Del Dal Pra and Coach Nick Tucker (at left and right) congratulate Girls’ Soccer Team co-captains Grace Dengler (Little Silver), Emily Bynoe (Shrewsbury), and Hannah Proodian (Red Bank). The team was recently honored with the Shore Conference Referees Association’s Sportsmanship award, the only one of more  than 40 teams in the conference to claim the honor.

LITTLE SILVER: RBR PRESENTS ‘THE CRUCIBLE’

crucible-rbrBeginning December 1, Red Bank Regional stages Arthur Miller’s American classic play ‘The Crucible,’ including from left cast members Skyler Post, Jay Izzo, Erin McEvoy, Maximum Portman, Samuel Zatorski, and Luke Pearlberg.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Beginning Thursday, December 1, the Theatre Company at Red Bank Regional High School will present Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible as its fall dramatic production.

Set during the time of the infamous Salem Witch Trials of the Massachusetts Bay Colony — and first brought to Broadway in 1953 — the Tony winning drama by the author of Death of a Salesman traced some stark parallels to the anti-Communist “witch trials” of postwar America, and is regarded as a classic that continues to present a bold message whenever and wherever fear runs rampant, neighbor is pitted against neighbor, and the nature of truth itself is called into question.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR TEEN HONORED BY NJ YMCA

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

nicholasofficialIn a ceremony last month, the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance honored Red Bank Regional High School senior Nicholas Villalobos-Best at the organization’s 16th Annual Recognition Celebration.

The Union Beach resident (pictured at center) was among the more than 20 students recognized at the ceremony; a group of teens and pre-teens who, in the words of NJ YMCA State Alliance President Diane Mann, “have demonstrated their character values by volunteering in a variety of ways to serve others through the Y.”

Nicholas was nominated for this accolade by YMCA Community Outreach Director Joann Rountree, who supervised him in the Teen Achievers Initiative, a college readiness club. She explained that Nicholas mentored his peers and always volunteered for activities, including speaking at aYMCA Board Meeting and fundraiser events.

Nicholas was first introduced to the YMCA as a grateful recipient of their Family Success Center.  Four years ago, Nicholas and his family lost everything in Super Storm Sandy. The YMCA’s Family Success Center, along with other charities, helped his family find the resources and networks to assist in their recovery effort.

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LITTLE SILVER: BUCS SIGN ON THE LINE

rbrsigningfallPictured above during the recent National Signing Day ceremony are  17 year old Red Bank Regional High School student athletes Mason O’Mara (left) and Kevin Paz (right).  The Shrewsbury resident O’Mara signed on to play baseball for George Mason University next year, while Little Silver’s own Paz will play lacrosse for Wagner College.

LITTLE SILVER: A GUEST VIRTUOSO AT RBR

rbr-interstring-christian-howesThis past October 21, Red Bank Regional High School welcomed renowned musician and educator Christian Howes, as a lead-in to the school’s annual Inter-String Concert. The Ohio-based guest artist conducted an all-day workshop that brought together students from Red Bank Middle School and Little Silver’s Markham Place School, working with RBR high school string players and culminating in the concert event that showcased the talents of 65 young musicians.

ON THE GREEN: SEVEN GIRLS, OFF TO HELP

2015-ilac-mission-1Seen here on their 2015 trip, seven Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional girls plan to return to the Dominican Republic Wednesday. They are, from left, Hannah Horan, Caroline Healey, Paige Borden, Mara Campolattaro, Olivia Turi, Annabel Morris and Maddie Orr. (Photo by Tim Orr Photography. Click to enlarge.)

donegoodlogoA year after helping to build a water line to a remote village in the Dominican Republic, seven seven sophomore girls from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional and Red Bank Regional high schools plan to travel to the Caribbean nation again Wednesday.

The girls, who travel with their fathers and pay their own way, raise all of the funds for their humanitarian missions themselves, according to Mara Campolattaro, one of the participants. All the money raised goes directly to funding projects for things like supplies, local expertise and transportation on the island, she said.

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RBR FEMALE STUDENTS EXPLORE ENGINEERING

mikayla-byron-rbrSenior Mikayla Byron of Red Bank, a student at Red Bank Regional’s Academy of Engineering, works on a project during engineering class.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For over 15 years, Red Bank Regional High School has provided an engineering program academy as a rich curriculum option for its students. RBR’s Academy of Engineering program is modeled on curriculum developed from Project Lead the Way (a non-profit organization that develops educational S.T.E.M programs in conjunction with industry).

Since its inception, it has more than doubled its enrollment with over 120 students enrolled this year, of which nearly 20% are female.  This fairly represents the percentage of women who graduate college with engineering degrees; however, RBR is one of the few schools that give students a real flavor for the industry prior to attending college.

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LITTLE SILVER: LET’S TALK GENDER AT RBR

sam-killermanAuthor, performer and internationally renowned internet celebrity Sam Killermann gave a well-received presentation on Gender Identity to the Red Bank Regional student body during the Week of Respect. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

In observance of the recent Week of Respect, Red Bank Regional High School partnered with makeitbetter4youth.org to bring a special multi-disciplinary artist to RBR for a an engaging and insightful presentation on the topic of Gender Identity.

Samuel (Sam) Killermann is an author, performer and internationally renowned internet celebrity on matters of social justice. Students from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s Gay Straight Alliance, as well as the Collier School, were also invited to the presentation.

Mr. Killermann explained to his audience that his fascination with gender had personal roots which crystallized in college, when he learned that his prospective girlfriend assumed that he (a heterosexual male) was gay. This misperception of his sexual identity seemed to occur often in college; so he sought counsel at the college’s LGBTQ center. He was told that people were confusing his sexuality for the way he expressed his gender.

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RED BANK: LUNCH BREAK, RBR TEAM TO TUTOR

suzanne-keller-gwendolyn-loveThe SOURCE director Suzanne Keller and Lunch Break exec director Gwendolyn Love are pictured at the launch of the expanded Red Bank Regional Community Tutoring Program at Lunch Break.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

This school year, the Red Bank based nonprofit Lunch Break has graciously offered its facility to the Red Bank Regional High School District, for the expansion of its popular Community Peer Tutoring Program. Dedicated to a mission of “Removing all obstacles that impede a students’ academic success,” the program is operated by The SOURCE, RBR’s School Based Youth Services Program.

Fifty freshmen will meet at the newly renovated Lunch Break dining room every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., for homework help with their teachers. RBR upper classmen from the school’s National Honor Societies, Key Club and International Baccalaureate program also provide tutoring support for the students under the teachers’ supervision.

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RBR SEEKS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI FOR 2017

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For over a decade Red Bank Regional High School, through its Foundation, has observed a warm tradition of honoring its most distinguished alumni. Our students celebrate their lives in prose and music at a special ceremony and luncheon reception.

We are seeking nominations from the public for this worthy honor which will take place at the high school on Friday, April 28, 2017. Nominees should have graduated from RBR or its predecessor, Red Bank High School. They should be role models to our young people, have distinguished themselves in their careers, and/or served their communities with honor and significant commitment.

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HOW RBR’S VPA TEENS SPENT THEIR SUMMER

rbr-vpa-studentsAmong the Visual and Performing Art major students at Red Bank Regional who spent their summer perfecting their skills are (left to right, standing) Penny Hill, Mara Campolattaro, Jack Faccone-Stockwell, Claire Taylor, Megan Moran; also (kneeling) Shea Grant and Gabriella Scerbo.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Summer vacation may already be a distant memory borne away on a suddenly seasonal Navesink breeze — but to the students of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School, the activities of the school-year break continue to impact the new academic year in the most positive ways.

“Our students never cease to amaze me with their level of dedication and pursuit of perfection for their craft,” observes VPA lead teacher Kris Zook. “I am always delighted to learn what wonderful programs they attended or experiences they had in pursuit of higher performing art achievement.”

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FAIR HAVEN MARINE MAKES WALL OF HONOR

joe-mcgovern-familyKnollwood School graduate Joseph McGovern Jr.,USMC is pictured with his parents Joseph Sr. and Theresa, after the ceremonial unveiling of his photo on the school’s “Wall of Honor.”

Press release from Fair Haven School District

joe_mcgovernA ceremony was held on September 26 to honor Joseph (Joe) McGovern Jr., who graduated eighth grade at Knollwood School in Fair Haven in 2012. Joe’s photo has been added to the school’s “Wall of Honor” display featuring graduates who are proudly serving their country in the armed forces.

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RBR SENDS FIVE VOICES TO ALL STATE CHORUS

all-state-choir-rbrRed Bank Regional’s representatives to this school year’s All State Chorus are (left to right) Maddie Stout, Erin Ostrowski, Dannielle Wolf, Jade Glab and Victoria White. The students audition for these coveted spots in the state honor chorus.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Five vocal majors from Red Bank Regional High School‘s esteemed Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) have been selected for the prestigious All State Choir. They are senior Danielle Wolf, Shrewsbury (third year at All State); senior Jade Glab, Belmar (third year at All State); senior Victoria White, Union Beach (second year at All State); junior Erin Ostrowski, Little Silver, (second year at All State); and sophomore Maddie Stout, Neptune City, who debuts at All State this year.

The young ladies are all members of the All State Mixed Chorus, except Victoria White who will perform with the Treble Choir. The latter is composed solely of female singers.

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LITTLE SILVER’S DYNAMIC DUO PLAYS VIENNA

peterinviennaRed Bank Regional VPA piano majors Pieter Lootsma (above) and Griffin Perry (below), both of Little Silver, recently returned from performing in Vienna as part of the Golden Key musical festival for young classical performers. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

griffininviennaLittle Silver residents and childhood friends Griffin Perry and Pieter Lootsma have shared their love for music all their lives. From third grade, they have been studying piano, currently with the same teacher. Both seniors at Red Bank Regional High School have been stalwart performers in RBR’s famed Visual and Performing Arts Academy as piano majors. They have performed in many school productions as well as community settings, including the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

At separate times, they have performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Golden Key Music Festival — and this past summer, the friends shared the pinnacle of their musical careers, when they performed in the gilded Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, Austria during the International Golden Key Music Festival.

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RED BANK: LUNCH BREAK NAMES NEW TRUSTEES

rick-brandtPress release from Lunch Break Inc.

In a recent announcement, Red Bank-based nonprofit Lunch Break named Rick Brandt (pictured) to the nonprofit’s Board of Trustees. At  27 years of age, the lifelong resident of Little Silver is both the newest and the youngest member of the board, and will be involved with several of their committees.

Other new members joining the Lunch Break Board are Trudy Parton (Little Silver), Stuart Sendell (Rumson) and Juanita Lewis (Red Bank).

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NJ MONTHLY LISTS RBR IN TOP 100 SCHOOLS

NJMonthly2016Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For the past decade, Red Bank Regional High School has made the prestigious New Jersey Monthly list of Top 100 High Schools in New Jersey. The magazine’s website made the list public on September 1, with RBR sharing this year’s spotlight with eight other Monmouth County High Schools: Rumson-Fair Haven, Middletown High School South, Holmdel, Marlboro, Shore Regional, Colts Neck, Wall and Manalapan.

In a statement, Principal Risa Clay was “thrilled” to have once again been selected for the prestigious list; going on to attribute the school’s consistent high marks to  “a talented and dedicated staff that supports our students in their quest for advancement.”

“Our exemplary Visual and Performing Arts Program delivers one of the most outstanding arts education in the state,” the principal continued. “We offer a multitude of AP and IB courses coupled with solid supports for all students. Most recently, we introduced a policy of open enrollment allowing students who have the desire to take the most challenging courses offered at RBR.’’

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ON THE GREEN: BOOMER, BEACH, BOOKS, BUCS

End of Summer PartyThe annual End of Summer Party (above) marks a big-tent bid of adieu for the Sandy Hook Foundation next Friday…while NFL great Boomer Esiason (below) visits Broad Street for a cocktail party fundraiser at Garmany.

Boomer EsiasonA late-summer sendoff out on the Hook…a BBQ kickoff to the gridiron season on the home-team turf…a star-studded celebration of life and fashion at a signature retailer…and a show of support for a hometown resource. All dedicated to raising funds for worthy causes, and all happening in the post-Labor Day interlude to come.

This coming Labor Day Monday, September 5 represents the deadline to reserve your ringside seat for the End of Summer — as declared by the nonprofit Sandy Hook Foundation in its annual casual-attire outdoor benefit gala, which returns on September 9 to the North Beach area of the Hook for a seasonal sayonara that commences at 6:30 pm. With tickets beginning at $150, proceeds benefit the Foundation’s ongoing preservation efforts as well as seasonal activities like the popular Free Beach Concert series, in addition to the environmental awareness and educational campaigns of the Fort Hancock-based American Littoral Society. Promised are “dancing under the stars” to live music from Swift Technique; a buffet dinner featuring seafood raw bar furnished by The Lusty Lobster, and an “amazing auction” of exclusive-experience getaway packages. Take it here for further details; here for tickets, and around the bend for more good deeds and good times.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR WELCOMES CLASS OF 2020

Erin O’Kane and Marissa AuriemmaChecking out their high school schedules for the first time are incoming Red Bank Regional freshmen Erin O’Kane and Marissa Auriemma, both of Little Silver.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The first day of school isn’t until this coming Tuesday, September 6 — but on August 24, Red Bank Regional High School welcomed the newest members of its student body: the incoming freshmen who represent the Class of 2020.

The students were greeted by upper classmen student-to-student peer leaders, who directed them around their new high school, assisted them in opening their lockers, answered their questions and created a friendly atmosphere with “ice-breaker” activities. Each member of the Class of 2020 was gifted with their first official RBR t-shirt, courtesy of the RBR BUC Backer Foundation. They also received their student I.D., as well as an email account for their student portal.

Incoming freshman Erin O’Kane from Little Silver felt the preview day for freshmen was most helpful, stating that “I learned where my classes were from upper classmen and got the scoop on my classes and my teachers. It was helpful to get a feel for the school.”

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LITTLE SILVER 5K IS A SERIOUS FUN RUN

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ls5klogoContinuing a local tradition for the 23rd consecutive year — and extending the season of outdoor recreational events into autumn 2016 — the Little Silver 5K embarks from the campus of Red Bank Regional High School on the morning of Sunday, October 2, for an event that promises fall fun for participants of all ages, and a set of cash prizes for serious adult competitors.

The fun begins at 8:45 a.m. on the RBR track, with a One Mile Fun Run for young runners. The main-event 5K gets going at 9:30 a.m., with the Pre-K to Grade 4 competitors taking the track once more for a set of Kiddie Dashes that commence following the conclusion of the 5K.

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LITTLE SILVER: A CIRCLE OF LIFE, AT RBR

LionKing5Left to right: Ava DiLouie (Timon the meerkat), Matthew Maxcy (Simba), and Maggi Hough (Pumbaa the warthog) co-starred in an August 10 production of THE LION KING JR., presented for one night only by the students of the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Academy at Red Bank Regional High School. Over 40 student actors, musicians, crew members and designers collaborated on the staging of the musical, a special young-audiences version of the Broadway hit adapted from the beloved Disney animated film. RBR faculty member Kris Zook directed the production, which spotlighted the songs of Elton John and Tim Rice, and also starred Annabelle Adams, Lev Brewer, Jamie Lynn Eckhoff, Julie Homza, and Sophie Wright. The evening at RBR also featured an exhibit of visual art works created by VPA program students under the supervision of RBR art teacher Barbara Beckett.

RBR FRESHMEN DISCUSS HISTORY, HARMONY

Gilda Rogers Sid Bernstein SummerSlamLeft to right: Citizens for a Diverse and Open Society founders Gilda Rogers and Sid Bernstein were joined by performing artist and writer Lorraine Stone as special guests of the Summer Slam program at Red Bank Regional High School. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

During the height of summer, the Red Bank Regional High School building is a busy place, with a myriad of educational programming designed to better prepare its students for September. As the largest of those activities, Summer Slam saw 110 students attending a four-week session (operated by school-based youth services program The SOURCE) which infuses academic topics (Math, English, Science, Global Studies) with special events like an athletic team-building challenge coordinated by The Community YMCA, as well as visits from influential community members.

This summer’s two-time guest speaker was educator, author and community activist Gilda Rogers of Red Bank, who during her first visit introduced the students to the ongoing project to renovate the historic T. Thomas Fortune House. She returned the next day to discuss ways students could combat racism; accompanying Gilda for that second meeting was Sid Bernstein of Lincroft, a retired businessman with whom she co-founded the group Citizens for a Diverse and Open Society (CDOS).

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LITTLE SILVER: BIG BUCKS FROM BUC BACKERS

rbrPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

Each year, the fundraising organization known as the RBR BUC Backer Foundation accepts applications from teachers in the Red Bank Regional School District, as a way of financing programs or initiatives that are not usually met within the regular school budget.

As Red Bank Regional High School prepares for the new school year, students will benefit from approximately $40,000 in grants made available to RBR teachers through the BUC Backer Foundation’s teacher-grant program.

“It is part of our mission to support all aspects of student education and development,” explains the foundation’s co-president Carmelina MacPherson. “In the grant process, we seek to accept proposals that are great ideas and positively impact the broad base of students.”

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RBR SUMMER CAMP PRESENTS LION KING JR.

Lion King RBRStudents of Red Bank Regional’s Visual and Performing Arts Summer Academy audition for the dancing ensemble, as part of the August 10 presentation of THE LION KING JR.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On Wednesday, August 10, the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Academy students of Red Bank Regional High School will present their staging of “The Lion King Jr.” Over 50 students will take part in the 7 p.m. performance, a 60-minute abbreviated version of Disney’s Broadway hit “The Lion King.”

Based on the popular animated film, the show features such Elton John-Tim Rice songs as “Circle of Life,” Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” with the young actors of the VPA program portraying such beloved characters as Simba, Nala and Mufasa.

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RBR TECH TEACHER HONORED AS ROLE MODEL

Luke Matarazzo Mandy GalanteRed Bank Regional technology teacher Mandy Galante is pictured with her former student Luke Matarazzo, now an Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar at Rochester Institute of Technology. Luke nominated her for special recognition during his last semester at college as the “best” teacher and role model that influenced his future.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

In the 14 years since she left corporate America to become a technology teacher at  Red Bank Regional High School, Mandy Galante has been named Monmouth County Teacher of the Year, and New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association. Her CyberPatriot teams have won state, regional and national titles every year since 2011. Lieutenant Governor Kim Gaudagno has twice visited RBR to commend her students, while WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News and NJ Channel 1 have each aired reports on the curricula she designed.

That said, Mrs. Galante holds no accolade in higher esteem than the recognition and appreciation she receives from her students — such as a 2012 honor she received from Yale University, when a former student nominated her for Yale’s Educator Award.

This past semester, Galante found herself the recipient of a certificate of recognition from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) — an honor that came about when she was nominated by another RBR graduate, Luke Matarazzo.

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