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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HispanicHeritagekeynotespeakerRed Bank Regional Multinational Club’s Jorge Benavides (left) with RBR Principal Risa Clay, club member Vandeka Rodgers, RBR alumnus/ keynote speaker Andres Perez and club member Fabiana Villegas.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On October 21, Red Bank Regional High School, a richly diverse high school, celebrated its students’ Hispanic roots at an assembly in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month.

RBR Senior Jorge Benavides opened the program, developed by the school’s Multinational Club with co-advisors Karina Tedeschi and Odilia Lligui, with a speech he wrote and delivered in Spanish. RBR Principal Risa Clay translated it in English for the student body.

Jorge told his fellow students, “We are proud of our accomplishments, our roots and our values. Family comes first and so does sharing. Despite many hardships, our people thrive through hard work and happiness.”

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JorgeRed Bank Regional senior Jorge Benavides is the school’s first student to complete Teen Outreach Program training, and to co-facilitate a class.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

“It’s a safe place to let out our opinions and views, where there is mutual respect and we do not judge one another,” states Jorge Benavides of Red Bank.

A senior at Red Bank Regional High School, Jorge is referring to the Teen Outreach Program, or TOP — and as the first RBR student to co-facilitate the nationally acclaimed program in his school, the 17 year old speaks with authority on the subject.

Developed by the Wyman Center, TOP “promotes the positive development of adolescents through a combination of curriculum-guided group discussion and community service learning.” Examples of past RBR community service included a walk for suicide prevention, aiding the victims of Hurricane Sandy and a program supporting the LGBT community.

Freshman participants are recruited for TOP by The SOURCE, RBR’s School Based Youth Services Program. Offering weekly sessions during their lunch and study hall time for most of the school year, the program also runs a section for sophomores and upper classman who chose to continue their participation.

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