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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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DawnandandSarahRed Bank Regional student Sarah Vates (left) accepted a Caring Award from RBR guidance counselor Dawn Kaszuba at a March 20 event sponsored by the Monmouth County Guidance Director’s Association. The senior from Holmdel won the award for her work in spearheading Cinderella’s Closet, a nonprofit that provides prom clothes for teens from low income households. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Red Bank Regional High School’s Guidance Director Dawn Kaszuba and her peers look forward each year to a special event held at Brookdale Community College. As President of the Monmouth County Guidance Director’s Association (MCGDA), she has the pleasure of honoring the community service stars in Monmouth County’s high schools. Thirty-four students were so honored on March 20, where a video in their own words signified why each student was selected to receive the MCGDA Caring Award.

The recipients were each chosen by the Guidance Directors in their respective high schools. Kaszuba, who also serves as President of the Monmouth County Guidance Director’s Association, which sponsors the Caring Award, was pleased to present the honor to RBR student Sarah Vates. The senior from Holmdel won the award for her work with Cinderella’s Closet, a charity that provides teenagers with affordable clothing and accessories to attend prom.

Sarah has spearheaded Cinderella’s Closet for several years. Its mission is to bring affordable prom clothes to those who might otherwise not be able to participate in this high school milestone event. She stated in her video, “What makes this activity so special is the look on the girl’s face when she finds that perfect prom dress, or the swagger of the young man when he finds that perfect suit.”

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SarahVatesNJchampionPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

On March 2, Red Bank Regional High School senior Sarah Vates realized a long-term goal in winning the New Jersey State Tournament of Champions in a competitive forensic event.  In a few weeks, she will travel by invitation of Governor Christie to the Governor’s mansion, Drumthwacket, to celebrate her achievement along with the 19 other New Jersey students who took first place in their respective forensic categories.

As Sarah explains, “Forensics is similar to acting, but more disciplined since there are many rules by which competitors must abide. It is also pure performance, without props, or costumes and depends solely on voices, gestures and facial expressions.  It is much nuanced and can be different every time you perform a piece.”

The Holmdel resident — pictured holding two trophies; one each for herself and for her school — won the New Jersey state championship in prose interpretation. She chose her own material from a novel (The Paris Wife by Paula McClain) in which she synthesized the author’s words  into a ten minute forensic performance. Sarah had recently qualified to compete in the state championship when she placed fourth in the University of Pennsylvania’s Liberty Bell Classic national competition. Thirty contestants (who similarly qualified by placing in other high-level tournaments) competed in twenty categories using material chosen from other published sources.

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