Today we present redbankgreen‘s first annual Smarty Party, featuring the valedictorians from Red Bank Catholic, Christian Brothers Academy, Middletown South, Monmouth Regional, Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven high schools.

Yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Stuffy, hyper-competitive, grade-grubbing bookmoles, able to spout an earnest quote about saving the world with all the conviction of a Miss America contestant.

Wrong, underachiever! One just finished reading a novel so racy it was banned for decades in England, and no, it wasn’t on an assigned-reading list. Another just plowed through Philip Roth’s heady ‘The Plot Against America,’ just because she wanted to. Yet they’re also just plain regular kids who like tennis and pizza and music and airport novels. None of them have much stomach for ‘American Idol,’ but their preference for Jeopardy is pretty tepid, too.

Often forced to define themselves against a stereotype, the members of this year’s valedictorian crop are full of class.

Congratulations to them and to all members of the class of 2006.

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