LITTLE SILVER: RBR OBSERVES BLACK HISTORY

P1230351In his keynote address during Red Bank Regional’s Black History Month observance, Red Bank Middle School Vice Principal Julius Clark advised students that their success is of their own making — and not to let society’s stereotypes define them or be an excuse for failure.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The diversity and talents of the Red Bank Regional High School student body were on full display during the annual celebratory assembly for Black History Month. Students from various groups within the school contributed their time and skills to enlighten their peers on the importance of celebrating Black History.

Principal Risa Clay explained the origins of Black History Month, an observance initiated by Harvard historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson during the month of February — the birthday month of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

“(Dr. Woodson’s) initial goal was to honor these two great leaders,” said Principal Clay. “His other goal was to infuse African American history into American history so that all Americans would learn the complete history of the United States.”

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RBR HISTORY CLUB MAKES THE TOP TEN

RBRhistoryMembers of the RBR History Club are pictured (bottom row, left to right): Emma Gorry, Bradley Beach; Claire Toomey, Red Bank; Angelina Garavente, Fair Haven; Katie Robinson, Little Silver; Morgan Brunson, Tinton Falls; Ceara Gagliano, Little Silver; Club Co-Advisor Kyle Waltz; (top row, left to right): club co-advisor Roxanne Judice; Ken Woolley, Union Beach; Sarah Vates, Holmdel; Deysi Arevalo, Red Bank; Renae Ames, Belmar; Luke Laffey, Tinton Falls. Not pictured are Ella Brockway, Andrew Koenig, and Raquel Diaz. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The History Club at Red Bank Regional High School was recently honored as one of the ten top clubs in the nation, as determined by the Massachusetts-based National History Club. The nationwide organization has 475 chapters at high schools and middle schools in 44 states, with over 14,000 members.

RBR History Club Advisor Roxanne Judice states, “We were surprised and excited to be recognized. We are a little niche club, but we try to do fun and meaningful activities.”

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RBR HOSTS ASBURY DANCERS, STORYTELLERS

17andunarmedGuest artists from the Asbury Park Technical Academy of Dance  performed a program on Black History at Red Bank Regional High School, including a powerful piece inspired by the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School 

In commemoration of February’s Black History Month observance, Red Bank Regional High School recently invited guest performers from the Asbury Park Technical Academy of Dance (APTAD) to give a presentation in the school auditorium. Morgan Brunson, a junior at RBR and a member of the dance academy, introduced the APTAD and its founder Michelle Burrell, who told the audience, “It is important to know that what we do today becomes tomorrow’s Black History.”

A professionally trained ballerina turned dance educator, Burrell founded the APTAD to bring the dream of dance to many students in the Asbury Park area, who may otherwise not have had the opportunity. She created and narrated the powerful program, which through a combination of storytelling, narration and dance choreographed to historic events and spiritual songs, illustrated the history of African Americans.

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RBR’S BRUNSON IS NAMED AMBASSADOR

NSHSS Induction with Claus NobelRBR junior and VPA student Morgan Brunson, Tinton Falls, was recently inducted into the prestigious National Society of High School Scholars. She is pictured above with the organization’s founder and Chairman, Claus Nobel.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Red Bank Regional (RBR) Visual & Performing Arts’ (VPA) major Morgan Brunson of Tinton Falls is a young Renaissance woman.  She sings, dances, plays the flute, paints and takes challenging academic courses while maintaining honor roll.

No doubt these gifts, her extracurricular activities and community service earned her a rare invitation to join an elite group of students known as the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).  She was recently inducted into the organization by its founder and Chairman, Claus Nobel, who sought to continue his famous family’s legacy of recognizing and rewarding outstanding achievement and inspiring the world’s youth.

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