RFH STUDENTS HONORED BY BOARD OF ED

AJRFH junior Andrew J. (A.J.) Kelly (third from left, with his father Phillip, mother Melissa, and grandfather James) received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Outstanding Leader of Character Award and the St. Michael’s College Book Award.

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The achievements of dozens of standout scholars, athletes and performing artists were honored by the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Board of Education, in a June 16 ceremony at the school’s auditorium.

Special honors went to senior Andrew Maris, commended for achieving the status of Semi-Finalist in the Final Round of the Presidential Scholarship Competition, and to junior A.J. Kelly, who was selected for both the Dwight D. Eisenhower Outstanding Leader of Character Award, and the St. Michael’s College Book Award.

A complete list of honorees appears after the break.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN ‘NIGHT OF THE ARTS’ SPOTLIGHTS AWARD-WINNING TALENTS

Wagner Taffin Mueler EspositoClockwise from top left: Seen during the recent “Night of the Arts” at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional were freshman Julia Wagner with her 1st Place-winning pastel; junior Max Taffin with his 2nd Place winning sculpture; senior Lauren Mueller painting into a design she created on wood; senior John Esposito demonstrating his illustration technique.

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On the evening of May 28, the annual “RFH Night of the Arts” spotlighting the spring concert and student art exhibit took place at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. This year’s event featured artwork and musical performances by RFH students who were honored at the Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival, held this past March at Brookdale Community College.

Attendees at “RFH Night of the Arts” enjoyed the spring concert including performances by the school’s Concert Band, Jazz Orchestra, Chorus, and String Ensemble, as well as solo acts. The RFH Jazz Choir performed for the opening of the Teen Arts Festival, while the Jazz Orchestra received the prized “Top of the Top” designation for the third consecutive year. Based on their performance, a jazz ensemble comprised of RFH students including Paddy Ahimovic and Christopher Fahey was invited to perform at the Monmouth County Art Education Awards ceremony, and RFH art students Taylor Blewett, Becca Ley, and Lauren Mueller were named “Top of the Top” in visual arts.

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RUMSON: A LIFE-CHANGING SUMMER VACATION

RFH guatemalaStudents from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School are pictured with the coffee farmers they assisted during a recent language-immersion trip to Guatemala.

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What would it take to get a large number of teenagers out of their houses, away from their cell phones and laptops, and back into their high school’s library at 7:30 on a weeknight? Apparently a healthy dose of gratitude will do the trick.

Over 20 students were present prior to the start of the September 9 meeting of the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Board of Education. They were there to express thanks for what they described as “a life-changing experience” – school-sponsored language-immersion trips to Canada and Guatemala.

As part of the Study Abroad Program at RFH, 22 students and five chaperones visited Guatemala from June 22 through July 2. The group stayed with host families and volunteered at a coffee plantation, helping to harvest and roast beans in the morning and attending Spanish language classes in the afternoon.

From July 7 through 15, two chaperones accompanied eight students on a language-immersion venture to the cities of Quebec and Montreal.  The group visited cultural sites and attended language classes, and stayed with host families as well.

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RFH ANNOUNCES STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

RFH ChinaRFH staff and students recently welcomed visitors from Hanzhou Entel Foreign Language School in Hanzhou, China. Pictured from left to right are RFH Chinese Teacher Matthew Yang, RFH Supervisor of World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Business, and ESL Michel Salazar, Hanzhou Entel English Teacher Hu Yeubo, RFH Chinese Teacher Rebecca Wang, and Hanzhou Entel Chinese Teacher and Vice Principal Zheng Minfeng.

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Teachers Hu Yuebo and Zheng Minfeng recently had an unusually long commute to school. They traveled from Hanzhou, China for a week-long visit to Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

While at RFH the two observed lessons, interacted with students and teachers, enjoyed dinners in their honor, participated in a bowling event, and even ate lunch in the RFH cafeteria.

“The chicken fingers were highly recommended by the students,” said Yuebo, who teaches English at Hanzhou Entel Foreign Language School, where Minfeng teaches Chinese and is the Vice Principal.

But this visit was about a lot more than chicken fingers. It represented a big step forward for the Study Abroad Program at RFH, which received its official approval by the RFH School Board at a meeting on November 12.

The inaugural study abroad trip for the new language immersion-based program, which took root at the high school in 2007, is planned for April 9-21, 2014.  That is when eleven RFH students will travel with two chaperones to the Hanzhou Entel Foreign Language School in Hanzhou, China.

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