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RED BANK: BOOKMARKS MARK FAVORITES

St. James first-grader Declan Duffy chose to draw Red Bank’s Molly Pitcher Inn as his favorite place in town, above. Below, the other winners by grade. (Click to enlarge)

[Press release from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library]

The Sixth Annual Friends oft he Red Bank Public Library Bookmark Contest has announced this year’s winners!  At a well-attended party on May 20, the Friends presented the winners with certificates and gift cards to local businesses.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR TEENS BRAVE SHARK TANK

Pictured left to right at the first RBR Shark tank competition are  Red Bank Rotary Club President Ken Scaggs; first place winners Bryce Barnes, André Van Der Linde, and Ryan Humelsine; Third Place winner Moises Orocio, and second place winner Jaydah Diaz.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The tension was palpable on May 30, as Red Bank Regional High School student finalists presented their invention, product or service to a panel of judges during the school’s first annual RBR Shark Tank event. The competition was sponsored by the Red Bank Rotary Club, which offered a total of $5,000 to the top three winners.

First place and $2,500 went to EZ Keyboard, a year-long engineering project by Academy of Engineering seniors Bryce Barnes of Shrewsbury, Ryan Humelsine of Neptune Township, and André Van Der Linde of Belmar. All three young men, who intend to continue their engineering studies in college, are also musicians. They presented a prototype which allows amputees or disabled people with severe arthritis to play full chords with the use of just one hand.

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LINCROFT: RANNEY SCHOOL GRADUATES 82

Press release from The Ranney School

The setting was the Collins Arena on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College,  as The Ranney School Class of 2017 celebrated its commencement on May 25.

The Tinton Falls-based school graduated 82 seniors, of which 31 were known as “Ranney Lifers,” or students who had attended the school for 10 or more years. Next fall, the entire group will head off to attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities across the country, including Columbia, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Georgetown, and Notre Dame, where they will pursue their individual passions and interests in fields ranging from the visual arts and theatrical production to finance, law, and medicine to robotics and information technology.

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RED BANK: BASIES GO TO RFH, RBC, RBR

Phoenix Productions exec director Tom Martini — pictured fifth from left, during the 2015 ribbon-cutting of the troupe’s new Chestnut Street headquarters — was honored with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award during the 12th annual Basie Awards on Wednesday night. (photo by Rich Kowalski) 

Students and faculty from five high schools in the greater Red Bank area were honored for excellence in high school theater productions — and the co-founder of a favorite borough-based performing arts company received a Lifetime Achievement recognition — when the 12th annual Basie Awards ceremony took place at the Count Basie Theatre on the evening of May 24.

The big winner among local schools was Red Bank Catholic High School, whose nine nominations for the spring production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Cinderella resulted in three Basie wins: for Shawn Mack (Outstanding Musical Direction), Samantha Siriani (Outstanding Supporting Actress), and Kelly Gemellaro (Outstanding Choreography, shared with Jacqui Fisher for the Middletown High School South staging of The Producers).

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RED BANK: ‘BASIES’ BUZZ IN THE AIR TONIGHT

The Red Bank Regional production of Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ has garnered seven nominations in the Basie Awards for excellence in local high school theater, as the 12th annual ceremony rolls out the red carpet tonight.

In a pop-culture landscape that’s littered with the sharp metal edges of way too many awards and honors, you could make the case that this is the only trophyfest that matters — the kind that recognizes, nurtures and inspires the next generation of acting, singing, dancing and technical talent.

When the 12th annual Basie Awards ceremony takes the famous stage of the Count Basie Theatre tonight, May 24, students and faculty from nearly 20 public, private and parochial high schools in Monmouth County — seven of them located here within the Greater Red Bank Green — will be vying for a chance to deliver their acceptance speech, in a field that, in the words of Basie education director Yvonne Lamb Scudiery, continues “to set the bar higher and higher, resulting in outstanding professional quality work…and certainly making the job or our evaluation team a very difficult yet gratifying one.”

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LITTLE SILVER: BIG SILVER FOR RBR WRITERS

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Creative Writing majors at Red Bank Regional High School recently learned that they earned 62 regional and one national award in the prestigious 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Over 330,000 works were submitted by students from around the United States, of which 2,500 received awards from the Alliance.

Senior Kyle Eber of Bradley Beach earned a National Silver Award for 2017, the second year in a row in which he has taken this honor. Kyle will continue his study of creative writing at Emerson College in Boston next year.

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LINCROFT: CBA SENIORS SHOW RESEARCH

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

On May 15, just prior to the school’s graduation ceremony, seniors in the Senior Scholars Program at Christian Brothers Academy presented their research as part of the second annual CBA Scholars Colloquium.

The evening featured four presentations, held in the Henderson Theatre, during which members showcased an incredible degree of dedicated research, experimentation, and practical findings. Each senior provided a 30-minute presentation of their topic, led question-and-answer session, and explained their plans for continued study. Senior Manny Lazarro served as master of ceremonies for the event.

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M’TOWN LIBRARY PRIZES SUMMER READING

mtownPress release from Middletown Township Public Library

Middletown teens entering grades 6 to 12 are invited to take part in the Teen Summer Reading Program at Middletown Township Public Library, presented this year under the theme Build a Better World.

From June 26 through August 18, the library is challenging middle and high school students of Middletown to read five books over the summer, with a prize awarded for every book read. Prizes include Applebees Ice Cream Sundae certificates, Chipotle meal certificates, Hole-in-One Golf gift certificates and SkyZone Jump Passes, as well as free books.

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RED BANK: MCC AWARDS VOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Press release from Monmouth Civic Chorus

Students from Red Bank Regional High School and Middletown High School North were among the vocally talented New Jersey high school seniors  awarded a total of $3000, as part of The Monmouth Civic Chorus scholarship program for 2017. The awards will be presented on June 2 during the “Northern Lights” Chorus concert at St. Mary Church, located at 1 Phalanx Road in Colts Neck.

A $1000 first-place award went to RBR student Ashleigh Dannielle Wolf; a member of the school’s Concert and Chamber choirs, as well as the New Jersey All State Treble and Mixed Choirs, the All State Opera Chorus, and the New Jersey All Shore Chorus, whose scholarship she also won in 2017. A resident of Freehold, Ashleigh plans to attend the Eastman School of Music.

A $700 award went to MHSN student Richard Cardile, who has performed with the school’s Concert and Chamber choirs, as well as the High School North singing group Acapella. A member of the New Jersey All Shore Chorus, New Jersey All State Mixed Chorus and the Middletown Assembly of God Church Choir, Richard plans to attend Montclair State University.

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RUMSON GALLERY HOSTS RBR PHOTO MAJORS

“Shattered” by Juliet Slattery (above) and “Bared” by Katryn Flynn (below) are among the works by Red Bank Regional photography majors on view at Canvas Art Studio, beginning May 18.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The talented photography majors of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School will hold their senior photo show at the Canvas Art Studio, located at 126 East River Road in Rumson.

The public is invited to the welcome reception on Thursday, May 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with the images remaining on display from May 19 through May 22.

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FAIR HAVEN TEEN AIMS FOR OLYMPIC GLORY

Nikolas Swidryk, a 17-year-old junior at RFH, is one of the top cadet and Junior Olympic recurve archers in the country.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Nikolas Swidryk, a junior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, has “hit the mark” as a recurve archer, and is now closer to his dream of Olympic glory.

The 17-year-old son of Michelle and Dr. John Swidryk of Fair Haven is one of just 18 male athletes selected for the 2017 Junior Dream Team, consisting of the top cadet and junior Olympic recurve archers in the country.

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A KEY EVENT FOR RBR PIANO PROGRAM

Pictured (left to right) with their Piano teacher Camille Thompson are several of the piano majors performing at Red Bank Regional’s celebratory concert on May 24: Anna Cuozzo, Jacqueline Conforti, Pieter Lootsma, Elijah Nishiura, and Griffin Perry. Playing the piano is Andrew Hall.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On the evening of Wednesday, May 24, the piano majors of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School invite the public to a special Piano and Harp Concert at the high school on Ridge Road in Little Silver. Scheduled for 7 p.m., the event celebrates the 25th anniversary of the high school’s piano program, and showcases ten piano majors in performances of pieces from such classical masters as Chopin, Beethoven and Bach.

The student performers  include piano majors Evan Bardinas (Bradley Beach), William Casey (Red Bank), Jacqueline Conforti (Millstone), Anna Cuozzo (Little Silver), Andrew Hall (Little Silver), Pieter Lootsma (Little Silver), Elijah Nishiura (Red Bank), Griffin Perry (Little Silver), Salvatore Valente (Atlantic Highlands), and Jalen Willis (Neptune City).

In addition, a Harp Ensemble including Alona Gerdes (Bradley Beach), Edith Hernandez (Red Bank), Charlotte Jansky (Little Silver), Adeline Monfil (Red Bank), and Edith Torres (Union Beach) will play ensemble pieces “Allegro” by Suzuki and “Rondeau” by Mouret.

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RUMSON-FH STUDENT TEENS COMMIT TO NCAA

On National Signing Day, May 4, three student athletes at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School signed their letters of commitment to participate in NCAA athletics next fall, as thier proud coaches and families looked on. Pictured left to right are Carson Greengrove (Soccer, Stevens Institute of Technology), sprinter Grace Hofferber (Track and Field, Wake Forest University), and pole vaulter Doug Young (Track and Field, Boston University).

LITTLE SILVER: SIGNING TIME AT RBR

Twenty student athletes at Red Bank Regional High School committed on May 1 to play sports at the colleges of their choice next fall.  Pictured (top row, left to right) are Kevin Laughlin, Shrewsbury (football, University of Richmond); Josh Horowitz, Red Bank (baseball, Millersville University); Jack Mangold, Shrewbury (baseball, Colby College); Connor McCarthy, Shrewsbury (football, Ithaca University); Chris Brannagan, Little Silver (football, Rhodes University); Mason O’Mara, Shrewsbury (baseball, George Mason); Julia Nijnens, Little Silver (girls’ outdoor track, Sacred Heart University). Also (middle row, left to right) Kevin Paz, Little Silver (boys’ lacrosse, Wagner University); Kristen Haynes, Little Silver (girls’ cross country and outdoor track, Wake Forrest University); Edith Torres, Union Beach (girls’ cross country, University of Maryland, Baltimore County); Kelsey Ballard, Little Silver (swimming, College of New Jersey); Mary Vilardi, Little Silver (girls’ lacrosse, Susquehanna University); Emily Bynoe, Shrewsbury (girls’ lacrosse, Catholic University of America); Hannah Proodian, Red Bank (girls’ soccer, Alvernia University); and (front row, left to right) Omar Steward, Red Bank (football, Lakawanna Jr. College); Tyrese Morris, Red Bank (football, Western New England University); Jalen Willis, Neptune City (Misericordia University, football); Chris Outterbridge, Red Bank (football, Sacred Heart University). Not pictured: Ryan Humelsine, Neptune (boys’ cross country and outdoor track, Rensselaer University).

RBR TEENS SWEEP TOP HONORS IN CONTEST

Left to right: Red Bank Regional teacher Federica Proietti Cesaretti  is pictured with her award winning RBR World Language Italian students Taylor Adams , Sirenia Tochihuitl, Raymond Soya and Liam Tyler. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Students and teachers at Red Bank Regional High School are always looking for opportunities to improve their skills through competitive engagements. To that end, RBR’s World Language teacher of Italian, Federica Proietti Cesaretti, entered her students in the 2017 competition sponsored by the Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey (ITANJ).

Red Bank Regional competed with with approximately 40 students from eight other high schools, submitting multi-media projects in Italian, tied to the theme of Italy’s response to climate change. When the winners were announced in April. RBR swept all three top awards, taking first, second and third place.

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RBR DANCE MAJORS SPRING INTO ACTION

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On Friday, May 12, at 7 pm, the dance majors of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School present their “Spring Dance Extravaganza” inside the theatre of the school at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver.

The 7 p.m. show will feature 24 pieces, with RBR dance teacher Cara Scacco, describing the program as “a lot of yearning, emotional lyrical pieces in addition to contemporary, hip hop, ballet, jazz, pointe and tap.”

Choreographers include the students, as well as their teacher and two special guest artists, both graduates of Rutgers University — MaryAlice Crelin, whose “fun sassy commercial jazz piece” for the juniors and seniors will open the show, and Garamh Kim, who is teaching the underclassmen a traditional Korean piece.

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RED BANK SMILES ON RBR FAMILIES

The Dental Team at Red Bank Smiles — pictured left to right, Diane Davis, RDH; Heidi Whelan, RDH; Dr. Benjamin B. Klayman and Joanna Kondek, RDA — recently offered a free dental clinic to the students of the RBR SOURCE Program and their families.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School 

The importance of good dental health is becoming more and more accepted in society as a medical necessity, versus the luxury of having sparkling white teeth. Medical research links poor dental hygiene to such health issues as cardiovascular disease, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes and low birth weight — and yet some people either cannot afford dental services and lack access to dental benefits, so they go without the services of a dentist.

For one day this past February, the team of professionals at a borough-based family dentistry practice opened its doors to the students of The SOURCE, the School-Based Youth Services program at Red Bank Regional High School, as well as to their families.

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RUMSON 8TH GRADER TAKES A STAND

Press release from Rumson School District

In a recent event hosted at Monmouth University, eighth grade student Sarah MacGillis of Forrestdale School, competed in the regional level of National History Day, a non-profit education organization that engages over half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of their choice.

The theme for this year’s competition was “Taking a Stand in History” — and Sarah’s entry, titled “Britain’s Failed Stands For Nationalism,” was a colorful and engaging display that highlighted Great Britain’s involvement in the Treaty of Versailles and its impact on the Middle East today – an ambitious and impressive project. Congratulations on a great job to Sarah, who will also be presenting her project at Forrestdale School’s “Enrichment Showcase.”

RBR SENIOR STUDENT JOURNALIST OF YEAR

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Ella Brockway of Shrewsbury, a senior at Red Bank Regional High School and editor in chief of the school’s student newspaper, was recently named the Garden State Scholastic Press Association’s New Jersey Student Journalist of the Year.

The honor comes with her winning the Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the New Jersey Press Foundation (NJPF) and the Garden State Scholastic Press Association. Ella will be honored by the NJPF at its annual Spring Awards Celebration in Hamilton on April 20, and will represent New Jersey in the 2017 Journalism Education Association’s National Student Journalist of the Year competition.

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TINTON FALLS: WIN FOR RANNEY ROBOTICS

At left: Christopher Glenn of Lincroft and Ben Iglesia of West Allenhurst joined their Ranney Upper School Robotics Team A teammate Chip Johnson of Red Bank (not pictured) in sharing the state VEX Robotics Championship with their Team M colleagues (pictured at right) Jiawen Yu, Kangqing Hall, and Rylan Foy. Program advisor Chiara Shah is at center.

Press release from Ranney School

Two Red Bank area teens were among the big winners, as Ranney School Robotics students programmed, engineered, and drove their way to a two-team winning alliance at this past weekend’s New Jersey State VEX Robotics Starstruck Championship.

Competing against approximately 20 other schools and groups across the state, including High Tech High, Ranney’s Team A and Team M shared the championship for the first time at the competition held March 4 in Cherry Hill.  on March 4, 2017, in Cherry Hill. Ranney’s teams also won an Innovate Award (Team A) for their use of transmission to switch power, and a Second Place Award in Skills (Team M) for driving and programming.

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RBR SOPHOMORE AN OUT-LOUD FINALIST

Red Bank Regional sophomore Shea Grant (second from left) is pictured with Yvonne Scudiery of the Count Basie Theatre, co-finalist Danyal Malik, and Poetry Out Loud program coordinator Kay Potucek during the recent Poetry Out Loud competition at the Basie.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Shea Grant of Little Silver , a sophomore at Red Bank Regional High School, was one of two finalists in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition, held on February 7 at the Count Basie Theatre.

A drama major in RBR’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy, Shea performed three poems for the competition: “Personal” by Tony Hoagland, “Larkinesque” by Michael Ryan, and “Friendship after Love” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

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TINTON FALLS: RANNEY TEENS FOR CONGRESS

Left to right: Ranney School junior Mike Longo, senior Charlie Fabricant, sophomore Luke Denver-Moore, and senior Caroline Epstein hold their certificates and gavels from the recent Harvard Model Congress competition.

Press release from Ranney School

Students from Red Bank and Rumson were among four Ranney School upper schoolers who brought home recognitions — including two Best Delegate honors — at the annual Harvard Model Congress event, held February 23 and 24 in Boston, MA.

Luke Denver-Moore of Red Bank, Ranney Class of 2019, was recognized by his committee chair as the Best Delegate for his ability to guide his committee as they successfully passed a number of bills, including the Autonomous vehicular Ingenuity and Development Act, which he co-authored and pushed through both the House and Senate during the two-day event that provides select students with a working model of the federal legislation process.

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RBR BOARD COMMENDS TOP SCHOLARS

Left to right: Red Bank Regional Assistant Principal Rob Donohoe is pictured with RBR students Robert Villaluz, Jack McNally, Chase Hintelmann, Makoto Brown, Ella Brockway, Paige Whittle, RBR Principal Risa Clay, and RBR Guidance Director Jason Sabino.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At its February 1 board meeting, the Red Bank Regional (RBR) Board of Education commended its top academic scholars. Six students — Ella Brockway, Shrewsbury; Makoto Brown, Tinton Falls; Chase Hintelmann, Little Silver; Jack McNally Little Silver; Robert Villaluz, Shrewsbury; and Paige Whittle, Little Silver — were all recognized as Commended Scholars. This is honor is achieved by students who scored among the top 2.4% of over 1.4 million students who took the PSAT in their junior year.

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RED BANK: TWO WAYS TO MAKE ‘MERRY’

Two River Theater hosts two very different takes on Shakespeare’s comedy ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor,’ beginning with Saturday’s first preview of a three-actor free for all. 

When William Shakespeare put quill to parchment and began work on The Merry Wives of Windsor, he probably wasn’t laboring under the illusion he might create something to be dissected by critics and scholars for hundreds of years to come. The more immediate tastes of the popular audience were calling out to him, and with Wives the busy Bard had the opportunity to spin one of his most crowd-pleasing creations — Sir John Falstaff, the portly and roguish companion to the future king in the two parts of his historical drama Henry IV — into a rowdy (and cheerfully out-of-time) little knock-down farce.

Beginning this Saturday night, the Two River Theater offers Red Bank audiences not one but two rather unique takes on one of Shakespeare’s silliest comedies: one an intimately scaled three-actor adaptation that goes in search of the play’s “dark undercurrent;” the other an abridged full-cast version showcasing a talented company of high school age performers.

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RBR CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Pictured above left to right at Red Bank Regional’s Black History Month celebration are event emcee senior Corey Van Huff, Multi-cultural Club co-advisor Odilia Lligui, keynote speaker Lynese Rawlins, RBR Principal Risa Clay, and Multicultural Club co-advisor Karina Tedeschi. Below, RBR Dance majors presented their own original choregoraphy during the program.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

“Education is the key to life,” Lynese Rawlins told her audience at Red Bank Regional High School, as she addressed the student body during the school’s Black History Month observance on February 2.

A college student who recently graduated early from Montclair State University, and who plans to attend law school in the fall, the Class of 2013 RBR grad returned to her alma mater as keynote speaker for the special event.

A high-achieving student at RBR as president of her senior class, captain of the cheer-leading squad and recipient of the NJ Governor’s award in 2013, Lynese serves as a as a local role model and example of how hard work and determination breeds success.

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