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LITTLE SILVER: PLAYING IT SAFE AT PROM TIME

MockcrashLocal responders staged a mock crash outside Red Bank Regional High School on May 27, as part of Project Prom activities to encourage students to make safe choices during Prom. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every year, Red Bank Regional High School sends off its seniors to have a wonderful, safe time at the prom. Just prior to that, they try in the most elaborate ways to discourage bad choices of drinking and distracted driving in what is known as the Project Prom Program.

On May 27, a mock crash was conducted on the school’s front campus, with the help of the sending towns’ fire, police and emergency medical services. The Little Silver and Shrewsbury Fire Departments employed their “jaws of life” equipment to extricate the mock student victims from their potential death-trap automobile wrecks.  The New Jersey State Police South Star helicopter crew landed at RBR and simulated a medi-vac flight of one victim to the nearest trauma center, while another went to the neighborhood hospital. A hearse from John Day’s Funeral Home took away one certain fatality.

Project Prom was created 11 years ago by Little Silver Police Officer Peter Gibson, who subsequently served as RBR’s first School Resource Officer (SRO). The present SRO, Robert Chenoweth, coordinates the program at RBR under Officer Gibson’s community leadership.

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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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RBR TEAM HAS ITS ‘BRAINS’ ON THE PRIZE

winnersThe “Don’t Be Distracted” team from Red Bank Regional was a grand prize winner in the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s year-long U Got Brains Competition. Pictured are (right to left, back row) RBR SAC Counselor Lori Todd, Ryan Toriello, Joel Sibrian, Josh Bruce, Tim Mills, RBR Interactive Media Teacher Carl Grillo; (middle row) Aria Huntley, Eric Banal, Haley Watson, Nikki Lauro, Mike LoBasso; (front row) Justin Delaney, Nicole Delaney. Not pictured: Matt Suszka, Joe Malley, and RBR SRO Rob Chenoweth.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Last spring, Graphic Communications students at Red Bank Regional High School strapped Go-Pro cameras to the heads of students and teachers, who portrayed victims in the annual pre-prom car crash reenactment. The students turned footage from the reenactment into a video that qualified for the fifth annual U Got Brains competition sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey — and after an intensive effort to publicize their mission through various media to the school and general community, the RBR Don’t Be Distracted Campaign bested 56 other NJ high schools to become one of three grand-prize winners.

During the program’s culminating event held at Six Flags Great Adventure, RBR shared the top honors with Jackson Memorial High School in Ocean County, and Lenape Regional in Burlington County. Each of the winning schools won a state-of-the-art driving simulator to help educate future student drivers in driving safety.

Carl Grillo, Interactive Media teacher and director of the winning video, was particularly proud of his students, explaining, “We were the first ‘rookie’ school in the competition to win the grand prize. That had never happened before.”

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BASIE AWARDS HONOR RBR’S JOE RUSSO

BasiespressLong-time Red Bank Regional High School faculty member Joe Russo was honored at the 2015 Basie Awards with the Basie Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts Education. The school’s first and only drama teacher and theater director retires this year, following a distinguished 32-year career with RBR’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Pictured are: RBR art teacher Claudia O’Connor, senior Justin Giegerich, senior Noah Beller, Joe Russo, junior Patrick Monaghan, senior Eliana Swartz, Katherine Kennedy, and RBR tech teacher Carl Grillo. Monaghan and Kennedy also won Basie Awards for Best Actor and Actress in a drama, during the May 20 ceremony in Red Bank.

RBR DANCERS PRESENT SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA

springdancePress release from Red Bank Regional High School

On Thursday, May 28, at 7 pm, and Saturday, May 30, at 2 pm, the dance majors from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) at Red Bank Regional High School will present their “Spring Dance Extravaganza” inside the RBR theatre.

In the words of RBR teacher Cara Scacco explains, the show will highlight “a variety of dancing genres, including jazz, contemporary, hip hop, modern and lyrical  — an expressive form of ballet.”

In all, forty RBR dance majors will perform 26 numbers; all of them choreographed by the students, with the exception of five pieces which were created by guest choreographers and performing artists that include Barbara Vari, Gabrielle Barnett and Dylan Smith, as well as RBR dance major alumni Elycia Richmond and Sarah Goodhue.

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RBR GETS OUT THE VOTE FOR SAFE DRIVING

ugotbrainsTV production students in Mr. Carl Grillo’s Interactive Media class at Red Bank Regional High School have opened up the online voting process for their RBRHSDBD (Don’t Be Distracted while driving) campaign for their fellow RBR students, in conjunction with a special contest sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey. The students have administered the DBD pledge to their fellow students, sold bracelets and posted signs and giant banners all over school. The winning school will earn a driving simulator to promote safe teen driving at their high school for years to come. Take it here to cast a vote, which can be done once a day, every day for the duration of the contest.

LITTLE SILVER: RBR STUDENTS GOT BRAINS

ugotbrainsRed Bank Regional Interactive Media students and faculty teaming up to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving include (back row): RBR Student Assistance Counselor Lori Todd, Mike LoBasso, Justin Delaney, Tim Mills, Josh Bruce, Joel Sibrian, Joe Malley, Matt Suszka, Ryan Toriello; (front row): Aria Huntley, School Resource Officer Rob Chenoweth, Nicole Delany, Nikki Lauro, Haley Watson, Eric Banal, RBR Interactive Media Teacher Carl Grillo.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

TV production students in Mr. Carl Grillo’s Interactive Media class at Red Bank Regional High School have adopted a mission to bring awareness to their peers on the dangers of distracted driving. Late last year, the students entered a competition conducted by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ) and UGotBrains.com. RBR is one of 59 schools in New Jersey participating in the program, and the three finalists in the competition will win a driving simulator for their high school.

Mr. Grillo’s students produced a video in conjunction with the school’s Project Prom activity. The video propelled the RBR team to the second round of the U Got Brains competition, and can be viewed on YouTube here.

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