LITTLE SILVER: GRAD KEYNOTES HISPANIC FETE

Dance majors from the RBR Visual and Performing Arts Academy onstage at the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.  Monica Urena, classe of 2014, below, was the keynote speaker. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) welcomed its students to its fifth Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.  Principal Risa Clay stated in English (with RBR junior Esperanza Minyety translating in Spanish), “Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community. We are proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and recognize the achievements of a culture that is prominently represented in our school and community.”

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RBR STUDENT ART BENEFITS CHARITY

vibesblindCaroline Pearce’s photograph “Vibes” (above) and Nora Fraser’s watercolor “Blind” (below) are among the works by students from the Red Bank Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts program, featured at the Amanda’s Easel Art Auction and charity event on February 26. During the event, hosted from 6:30 to 8 pm at the school building (101 Ridge Road in Little Silver), auctioneer Peter Costanzo will offer over 40 pieces in various media, with all proceeds dedicated to Amanda’s Easel, the art therapy program operated by the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around. There is a suggested donation of $2 (or $1 for attendees under age 18).

RBR VOICES RING OUT THE YEAR ON HIGH NOTE

AllshorechorusofficialFifteen choral students from Red Bank Regional made the prestigious All Shore Honor Chorus this year, and will perform in February at the regional function hosted in the RBR auditorium. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The year 2015 was a banner one for vocal majors from the Visual and Performing Arts program at Red Bank Regional High School, who were named to several honors programs, and took part in several prestigious regional programs this year. The new year promises to begin on a high note as well, as RBR sends its talented students to perform in several other honor programs.

Fifteen Red Bank Regional students will be part of the prestigious New Jersey All Shore Chorus, when RBR once again hosts the honors ensemble’s annual performance in February 2016. Pictured in the photo above, they are (back row, left to right) Devin Barry, Belmar; Jack Faccone, Rumson; Brian Healey, Union Beach; Dannielle Wolf, Shrewsbury; Lauren O’Brien, Middletown, Mara Campolattaro, Rumson; Ricci Bigelow, Ocean Township; and (front row, left to right) Shea Grant, Little Silver; Erin Ostrowski, Little Silver; Lea Fanizzi, Shrewsbury; Asha Clarke, Red Bank; Alexa DeAnna, Keansburg; Maddie Stout, Neptune City; Gianna Pallante, Millstone, and Victoria White, Union Beach.

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LITTLE SILVER: A DANCE TO HERITAGE AT RBR

MulticulturalstudetnsStudents and staff who produced and performed in the Hispanic Heritage program at Red Bank Regional High School included, back row, left to right:  Guadalupe Rodriguez, Brandon Trani, Guadalupe Luna, Mizani DelValle, Mya Nunnally, Multi Cultural Club Co- Advisor Odilia Lligui. Front row, left to right:  RBR Principal Risa Clay, Tyler Brunson, Emily Lugos, Skyler (Kyle) Eber, Yaritza Ortega. Not pictured is Multi-Cultural Club Advisor Karina Tedeschi.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every October, the Red Bank Regional High School community looks forward to its multi-cultural club’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage. The school recognizes the many countries that compose the Hispanic American experience for both their uniqueness and rich culture, which is also commemorated with performances by the school’s Visual and Performing Arts students.

This year, RBR senior Guadalupe Luna introduced the event in Spanish (translated into English by Principal Risa Clay), stating, “Most Hispanic and Latinos share one significant item, a common passion for food.  To us food represents more than a simple dish. It represents family, sharing and love.”

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‘HILLBILLIES’ INVADE RBR SUMMER STAGE

RBRVPAdanceStudents of Red Bank Regional’s Visual and Performing Summer Camp learn steps for the musical HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLIES, premiering August 6 at the school auditorium.

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Back to School time may be another month away, but on Thursday, August 6, the students Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camp program at Red Bank Regional High School will be eager to take the school stage, as they present the musical comedy Hollywood Hillbillies. Inspired by the TV classic Beverly Hillbillies, the show (book by Tim Kelly, with music and lyrics by Scott Keys) features a comical collision of simple American mountain folk with Hollywood types, and nefarious oil and gas-seeking interlopers.

Over 70 students will take part in the musical production, and a special preview art exhibit will feature the creative art work of other campers.

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RBR WRITERS GO FOR GOLD, SILVER

NationalwinnersRed Bank Regional Creative Writing teacher Dr. Gretna Wilkinson  is pictured at center with RBR students Mya Nunnaly and Liv Winnicki. Mya and Liv were respectively winners of National Gold and Silver Medals in the annual Scholastic Art Awards, with Mya also winning a prestigious Gedenk Award, seeing her poem published in the competition’s 2015 National Catalog, and meeting both Chelsea Clinton and Whoopi Goldberg at the Carnegie Hall ceremony. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

One of the most popular Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) programs at Red Bank Regional High School is Creative Writing. Every year, Dr. Gretna Wilkinson’s students make her proud at the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and this year was no exception, with 32 RBR Creative Writing Majors winning three dozen gold and silver medals, as well as 16 Honorable Mentions at the regional level.

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RED BANK: A BANQUET FOR THE EYES

oyster pt artSTILL LIFE WITH BIRDS AND DESSERTS and other paintings by Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern are on display throughout the Oyster Point Hotel, beginning with a reception on Friday evening, May 15. 

For the latest in a series of art installations at The Oyster Point — exhibits that have turned the hotel’s lobby and other common areas into a strolling gallery space — Swiss-born, internationally exhibited multimedia artist Gerda Liebmann has curated a banquet of sorts.

Officially opening with a public-welcome reception this Friday, May 15 (and remaining on display at the Bodman Place landmark through June 29), The Painted Banquet is a solo-show look at the work and worldview of area-based painter (and Brookdale Community College faculty member) Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern.

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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 STUDENTS ‘BRING IT’ TO SENIOR AUDIENCE

bringitlarger_-_CopyPictured (left to right in back row), during their visit to Care One at King James, are Bring It Volunteer Student Traveling Performance Company members Pieter Lootsma, Little Silver; Bobbie Davis, Shrewsbury; Jillian Lamanno, Little Silver; Chase Hintelmann, Little Silver; Jose Rojas, Red Bank; (front row) Danielle Wolf,  Shrewsbury; Alex Sosa, Millstone; Kiera Lee, Bradley Beach; Kathryn Flynn, Little Silver; Ashley Houck, Red Bank; Katelyn Johnson, Little Silver, and Tess Hintelmann, Little Silver. 

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Chase Hintlemann had just begun his freshman year at Red Bank Regional High School as a Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) drama major, when he was also “moonlighting” on the famous stage of the Count Basie Theatre, in a Phoenix Productions staging of Damn Yankees. It was during the “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Missouri” musical number on the show’s opening night, when he suddenly felt his knee give out.

The resulting injury kept this energetic athlete and performer homebound for a time and frustratingly bored. (“I had to sit in a knee bending machine for four hours a day”) — and it was during that period of extended convalescence that he began to think about starting a student volunteer traveling performance company, to bring entertainment to those who were similarly unable to leave their residences. As a VPA student, he knew a huge variety of gifted performers, all of them with talent to share — and a desire to Bring It.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR SENDS EIGHT TO ALL-STATE

AllStateHonorsChoirsEight Visual and Performing Arts vocal majors will be representing Red Bank Regional in the prestigious All-State Chorus, during concert events scheduled for November and February in Newark and Atlantic City.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Each year, thousands of student vocalists audition for a chance to be part of an elite group of New Jersey’s finest high school singers — and when the prestigious All-State Chorus convenes for the 2014-2015 school year, featured among the assembled voices will be eight students from the Visual and Performing Arts program at Red Bank Regional High School.

Representing RBR in the Mixed Chorus, a choir composed of 350 male and female voices, will be Alexa DeAnna (Keansburg), Jade Glab (Belmar) and Shannon O’Donnell (Little Silver). Taking part in the 150-voice Women’s Chorus will be Mackenzie Clark (Shrewsbury), Jaclyn Gisondi (Shrewsbury), Jazmin Graham (Belmar), Lauren O’Brien (Middletown), and Dannielle Wolf (Shrewsbury).

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR VOICES IN NAfME CHORUS

RBRSingersPicRed Bank Regional vocal majors Shannon O’Donnell and Brooke McDermott are on their way to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to to perform in the annual All-National Honor mixed chorus.

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Two vocal majors at Red Bank Regional High School‘s Visual and Performing Arts academy have received the esteemed distinction of acceptance to the very prestigious All-National Honors Ensembles sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Shannon O’Donnell and Brooke McDermott, both of Little Silver, will perform at the historic Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN during the NAfME National Conference in October, 2014, along with the other top teenage vocalists in the country selected to the National Choir. Both will be performing in the mixed chorus.

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LITTLE SILVER: AFRICAN MISSION HITS HOME

DCIM100GOPRORed Bank Regional senior Samantha Sidun of Little Silver (left) is pictured in Ghana with her Global Leadership Adventures mentor Ashley Randall and fellow volunteer Lindsay Harris, at the foot of the compost toilet they constructed to improve the health and environment of the local people.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For two weeks in July, Red Bank Regional High School senior Samantha “Sam” Sidun of Little Silver worked with fellow American teenagers to construct compost toilets in the agricultural village of Dzita in Ghana. She was inspired to join the Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) group after hearing about the program from a friend at RBR who had joined the program last year. But as Sam explains, she was also drawn to the idea of actually doing something to promote world health. Sam financed the trip in part from money she raised over two years in babysitting and a summer job at a local beach club.

For the two week trip, a group of 18 teenagers were divided into two groups, each tasked to construct a compost toilet. In their downtime, they were able to learn about the Ghanaianculture and government and meet the locals at a soccer tournament or the local swimming lake. Many things strongly impressed Sam, like the symbols in everyone’s homes to ward off evil spirits, juxtaposed with Christian Church services which were five hours long.

“The point of the mission was healthcare and sustainability,” Sam explains. “Many households do not have sanitary systems, and as a result, dysentery kills more children than AIDS and malaria.”

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