Press release from Count Basie Theatre

Competitors have been announced for the regional Monmouth / Ocean / Middlesex county round of the annual, national Poetry Out Loud competition, hosted by the Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy on Tuesday, February 7.
The 10 a.m. competition will choose two winners, who will advance (along with the winners of five other regional rounds), to compete in the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition, to be held on March 9 at The College of New Jersey’s Mayo Concert Hall at The Center for the Arts. From there, one state champion will advance to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

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TSA_Group_2015_-_CopyA team of Red Bank Regional students competed in this year’s Technology Student Association state conference contests, including (left to right) Elisa Orsini, Vincent Novellino, Jose Ramirez, Erick Camerino, Ricky Wild, Javier Molina and Edwin Castillo (not pictured: Jorge Benavides). 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

A team of eight Red Bank Regional High School students competed in this year’s Technology Student Association (TSA) state conference contests, which were held on May 5 at the College of New Jersey.  More than 1400 students from all over the Garden State competed in over 60 technology-based events.

During the event, RBR senior Elisa Orsini (Shrewsbury) placed second in Flight Endurance, and junior Jose Ramirez (Red Bank) placed third in Transportation modeling. The other students who represented RBR were Jorge Benavides (Red Bank), Erick Camerino (Red Bank), Edwin Castillo (Red Bank), Javier Molina (Deal), Vincent Novellino (Millstone) and Ricky Wild (Belmar). All of the students are members of RBR’s TSA Club, which is advised by RBR Pre-Engineering teacher Kathryn Hawley.

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RFHmusketeersThe Tower Players at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, shown here in THE THREE MUSKETEERS — ALL SWASH AND NO BUCKLE, earned a number of nominations and awards for their 2013/14 season.

From press materials furnished by Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and Fair Haven School District

A banner year for the Rowing team, a trophy case of awards for the Drama troupe, a collection of precious-metal medals for a Fair Haven swimmer, and an early welcome to incoming freshmen — all events that capped another memorable school year, as the 2013-2014 session at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School approached its close.


The RFH rowing community came together at the Ocean Beach Club on Wednesday, June 11, to celebrate the season, recognize outstanding achievements and sadly say goodbye to its graduating seniors. There was much to celebrate, as RFH Rowing captured three First Place and two Second Place finishes at the Saint Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware. At the Central New Jersey Rowing Association’s Wagner Cup, held on the Raritan River, the team won eight First Place medals and claimed a First or Second Place in all entered events. The Men’s Junior Quad (Brendan Edwards, Ben Cooper, Matt Bavuso and Sheridan Camarata) won The Bronze Medal in the 2014 New Jersey Garden State Championship, and also qualified for the semi-finals at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the largest Scholastic Regatta in the world.

Winning the “Hammer” award for the fastest ERG times were Paul Criscitiello and Ryan Kearney for the men and Maren Gierlatowicz and Emily Kean for the women.  The “Beast Mode” awards for outstanding determination to succeed in physical fitness were Kaitlyn Peitler, Helena Van Hemmen and Dawson Epstein. Claiming the “Most Improved Rowing” award were Greg Nixon and Mariah Parsons.

Finally, RFH Rowing said farewell to its graduating seniors including Madison Bess, (Ithaca College), Evan Callahan (Rutgers University), Mary Clare Condon (Boston College), Kate Edwards (Drexel University), Rayan Heard (Notre Dame), Kaitlin Hill (Rutgers University), Katelyn Kearney (Drexel University), Francisco Orejarena (Rutgers University), Elise Reynolds (Lafayette College) Todd Spencer (Drexel University) and Matt Valko (Delaware University).

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JessocaRBR softball coach Denise D’Esposito is pictured at left with her star player Jessica Stevenson, who made school history in May as the first softball player to achieve 100 hits.  She is also the third ranked hitter in the school, just behind the school’s two top baseball hitters.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Jessica Stevenson, Red Bank Regional High School softball captain, first baseman and top hitter, took the plate on May 9,oblivious to the anxiety that permeated the audience and the dugout. And then, with the crack of her bat yielding a solid double, the atmospheric tension was replaced with screams of joy at the history-making event. Jess Stevenson became the first softball player in RBR history to reach the magical 100 hit mark.

“I knew I was close, but had no idea that I had just done it; everyone else knew though. They stopped the game to let me know and gave me a the game ball,” she explained

Jessica continues to set RBR records with every hit she makes in this her senior year and last season at RBR. She has compiled other records and accolades including the top home run record (19 so far) and was named to the All Shore Conference third team and All Central Coaches’ All-Division Team as a freshman and the B-North Coaches’ All Division Team as a junior. She also currently stands as the third top hitter in the baseball/softball program just behind the two top baseball hitters in school history.

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TSAwinnersRBR Academy of Pre-Engineering students recently excelled at the TSA State competitions held at the College of New Jersey. Pictured are first-place winner Alisa Orsini; Brad Tully and Austin Turner, who with Ian Stafford (not pictured) won second place; and first-place winner Huston Migdon. All five students will go on to compete in the TSA national competition in Washington D.C.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On April 2, students from Red Bank Regional High School Academy of Pre-Engineering (PLTW) competed and excelled in the New Jersey State Technology Student Association Technology (TSA) Competition, held at the College of New Jersey.

More than 1,600 students from throughout the state participated in this year’s competition, for which the theme was “The Spirit of Innovation.” RBR students brought home several first place wins. Huston Migdon of Bradley Beach, took first place in Prepared Presentation, and Alisa Orisini of Shrewsbury won first place for Flight Endurance. For her entry, Alisa had to build, fly, and trim a model airplane to make a long endurance flight inside a contained airspace.

The team of Ian Stafford (Little Silver), Austin Turner (Union Beach) and Brad Tully (Belmar) took second place in System Control Technology. They worked to develop a systematic solution to a problem, and build a computer controlled model to represent and illustrate their solution.

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Students from all around the greater Red Bank green — not just the borough, but Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Rumson, and Shrewsbury — were named to the fall 2013 semester Dean’s List for their respective schools.

At The College of New Jersey in Ewing, some 34 local students made the list by meeting the requirements of 12 or more credits for the semester, and a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. They include Red Bank seniors Matthew Erickson (major in Management), Cecilia Muscarella (Early Childhood), Kayla Riddleberger (English) and Justin Wagner (Computer Science); juniors Jessica Gonzalez (Education) and Alexander Spence (Civil Engineering); as well as sophomores Madeline Liskiewicz (Psychology) and Anna Mitarotondo (Open Option — Arts and Communication).

Also named to the list were Fair Haven junior Eileen Goepfert (major in Spanish) and two residents of Little Silver: sophomore Sarah Perry (Psychology) and freshman Elise Schoening (Open Option — Humanities and Social Sciences).

Middletown students named by TCNJ include seniors Casie Fitzgerald (major in  Secondary Education), Kelly-Ann Gesuelli (Chemistry/ACS — Research), Danielle Hungerbuhler (Spanish), Katarina McKee (Mathematics Second) and Elizabeth O’Brien (Early Childhood — iSTEM); juniors Cally Connelly (Criminology) and Jessica Glynn (Political Science); sophomores James Tomasullo, Colleen Dean (both Finance), Dylan Kret (Communication Studies), Lauren Hymanson (Open Option — Science), Cole Playter (Psychology), Justin Sorrenti (Civil Engineering) and Jenna Vitale (Interactive Multimedia); in addition to freshmen Sarah Conger (Special Education), Kristen Hassenkamp (Psychology) and William Recanatini (Accountancy).

TCNJ also recognized Shrewsbury seniors Emily Cotenoff (Psychology), Alexa Tortoriello (Early Childhood) and Sally Milnes (Communication Studies); juniors Rebecca Havens (Special Education) and Olivia Porada (Music Performance), as well as sophomore Theresa Soya (Communication Studies).

Click for more area names from the Dean’s Lists at Cornell University, Merrimack College, Quinnipiac College, Salve Regina University, the University at Albany, the University of Hartford, the University of New Haven, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Vermont.

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IMG_5404The Girls Cross Country Team at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School finished third in the state the Meet of Champions on November 23…while the RFH Girls’ Soccer squad clinched the NJSIAA Group II Championship that same day.

From press materials furnished  by Rumson-Fair Haven Regional HS and Gottuso Communications
The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Girls’ Soccer players put the “team” in “teamwork” to clinch the NJSIAA Group II Championship on Saturday, November 23.

The girls bested Bernards High School at The College of New Jersey with a score of 2-1 to win the second Group II Title in the program’s history. RFH earned its first Group crown in 2008, with the varsity girls ended their season with a record of 16-7-1.

The RFH girls’ varsity soccer players are Schuyler DeBree, Allie Cuje, Janie DeVito, Anna Finn, Caitlin Griffith, Kaitlyn Hess, Meagan McGurl, Lindsay McKean, Olivia Rosenberg, Michaela Borneo, Lindsey Corydon, Allie Geiger, Emma Gill, Caroline Kostecky, Jacqueline Littleson, Morgan Mulligan, Samantha Beaudreault, Catie Clark, Grace Forsyth, and Hanna LoSavio.

Donna Dini and Jeff Herkimer serve as Assistant Coaches for the RFH Girls Soccer team.

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CLASS-ACT_RUMSONNews about students from Rumson…

• Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY announced that Rumson’s Thomas Gabriel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management in May of 2013.

• Also in May, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) graduated borough resident Peter Koenig from the Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck. Fellow Rumsonite Lucia Santos  graduated from FDU’s Florham campus in that same month.

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