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March Madness

As part of Red Bank Middle School's commitment to creating experiences that promote college and career readiness, our AVID Team hosted March Madness Week from March 12th through March 16th. The special event which runs simultaneously with the opening of the NCAA March Madness Tournament included themed-based classroom lessons, as well as exciting schoolwide activities. One of the highlights of the week included the Grade Level Color Wars, where each grade level showed spirit and pride by wearing a designated color. Students and staff enthusiastically participated by decorating classrooms, hallways, and themselves! Another great event held during March Madness week was the Annual Staff-Student Dodgeball Tournament. Over 200 participants and fans came out for this Rocket tradition. Our week of madness culminated with a school-wide College and  Career Showcase. This enriching experience brought in over 40 guest presenters from the Red Bank Community and beyond.  Students were able to self-select a schedule and attended four 20 minute presentations. Some options and local favorites included Dr. Morgan, and her furry friends Pig and Nigel from the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital; Red Bank Councilman, Michael Whelan; Kelly Mahoney Valijas, owner/trainer Evolv3 Training; Courtland Crosson, Owner, Coffee Corral; Jim Scavone, Red Bank Rivercenter; and Gilda Rodgers, Social Activist and Author. We appreciate all of the presenters who came to inspire us to Dream Big!

Check out the list below for more of the featured sessions presented at this impressive event:

Bryan Clemens, US Marine

Casey Pesce, Owner & Executive Chef, D’Jeet? Restaurant

Karen Terpe Palmer, Therapist, Personal Best Fitness & Healing

Matt Hershberger, Editor & Writer

Shannon Ehrola, Graphic Designer, Urner Barry

Doug Rice, Tennis Professional/Entrepreneur

BJ Dowlen, Inventor/Owner (featured on Shark Tank), Bodyworks Enterprises, LLC

Anette De Mendonca, Senior System Test Engineer, Raritan Le Grand

Rich Rosario, Writer/Producer/Editor, Richet Productions

Megan Pierce, Account Manager, Gottex Swimwear Brands

Thomas Vanlaarhoven, GM, Morgan Financial/Kansas City Life

Aretha Watson, PhD, Alumni, Dean of Students, Rutgers School of Nursing

Juan Ramos, Architect

Sam Dorsett, Monmouth University, Running Back Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

Lisa Silber, Physical Therapist, Hackensack Meridan Health

Pentti Ehrola, Customer Service Engineer, Siemans

Alex Flores, Hacker,

Arielle & Linda, Hair and Makeup Artists, Lambs & Wolves Salon

Katha A. Larity, Director, Goddard School of Tinton Falls

Beatrize Craney, Owner of Interpreter Film, Craney Interpreting Services

Carol Rofrano, Engineer

Maxine Grant, Project Manager, IT Industry

Morgan Wilson, Representative Net Jets

Coach Amanda Frost & Coach Teeigh, Directors and Operations, Jersey Fusion Elite

Amanda Robles, RBBPS Visual technology Coordinator

Michael Maier, RBMS Alumni, ROTC

John Perrotti, Firefighter, Jackson Fire Department

Dore Ann Rogers, Owner Starfish Dance School

Karen Terpe, Center for Pilates of Red Bank


Our amazing role models!