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Not your Average College and Career Fair

Not Your Average College and Career Fair

An AVID Event

A wonderful highlight of the RBMS school year is the annual College and Career Showcase.  The showcase is part of the AVID March Madness initiative, which is designed to create experiences that foster awareness of college and career options. Once again, this special event really hit the mark! Each year the program expands and improves upon the last.

Over 30 guest presenters from the surrounding community shared their expertise and personal stories of success. Students were able to self-select a schedule in order to attend sessions of interest. Additionally, all students in Grades 4-8 experienced the feature presentation. Our friends at Meridian Health included a hands-on demonstration of the da Vinci Surgical System. The impressive robotic system is commonly used to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. Many students and staff were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to demo the surgical robot. Under the guidance of company representatives, our students were able to maneuver the robot in impressive tasks such as unwrapping small candies and retrieving microscopic items.

Other outstanding sessions featured Brian Donohue, who shared his experiences as a News 12 Reporter and the filming of his "Positively New Jersey" segments; local favorite, Courtlyn Crosson, owner of Coffee Corral; our partners in education, Jersey Fusion Elite Basketball Trainers Amanda Frost and Tomora Young and Lisa Hartsgrove of Project Write Now.

We are grateful for the many presenters who take time out of their busy schedules to help us inspire our students to Dream BIG! 

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


  • Green Room Communications, Tara Cadet
  • Commvault, Kourtney Dillon
  • University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Marissa Karpoff
  • Siemens Health, Pentti Ehrola
  • Brave Floral, Valerie Braverman
  • Lambs & Wolves Salon, Ariel & Silvia
  • Marketing Consultant, Agatha Asch
  • COS BAR USA, Maria Campitiello Good
  • Urner Barry Graphic Designer/Marketing & Social Media Coordinator, Shannon Ehrola
  • Barbizon of Red Bank, Mary DeMont
  • Refinery29/Software Developer, Corey Nilan
  • Academy of Leadership & Character, Jamie Brown
  • Selfless Love Yoga, Lindsay Gunn
  • 5B Artist Management, Chris Shields
  • Shore Financial Planning, Joseph Vecchio, President
  • Information Systems Manager, Amanda Robles
  • Queens College/CUNY, Adjunct Professor, Karen Ajamian Smaldone
  • Southern Regional Barnabas Health/CEO, Bill Arnold
  • Marks & Klein/LLP, Attorney Allison Becht
  • WJLP-TV, Demetra Gregorakis
  • Brookdale Community College Performing Arts Center, Sherri Vanderspiegel
  • Brookdale Community College Admissions,  Kristin Worthley
  • Soul Focus, Denise Lombardi
  • Community Activist/Counselor, Kadayjah Smith
  • Jackson Fire District 3, John Perrotto
  • American Friends Service Committee, Itzel Perez & Adriana Medina
  • Viacom, LanaRose Berger
  • Touchstone Veterinary Center, Dr. Marybeth Morgan