The “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.”