Art Column —Amber Czenolowicz’s “Wooden Stallion”
By Emilie Weiner
When Amber Czenolowicz was just a girl, she visited carnivals and fairs that wound up shaping her childhood. Now as a senior at RBR majoring in Commercial Art, she has taken her memories from the parks and transformed them into a unique collection of artwork highlighting bright colors and sharp realism. Her AP Studio Art sparked the beginning of this month’s featured piece, “Wooden Stallion”.
The painting is in acrylic on an 11”x14” canvas, done with stunning contrasts between the neutral colors of a carousel and horse compared to the vibrant blues of the bridle wrapping its face.
“I… remember how colorful and exciting the carnival was to me, so I wanted to convey all of this by using bright and bold colors in my painting,” Amber said.
The close-up head of the horse clearly has an expressive air to him, which is what originally drew Czenolowicz to the picture when looking through her photo series specifically taken for her carnival-themed collection. She also has an eye for detail, conveying her love for painting realistically, noting specifically the movement in the mane of the horse that she wanted to capture. The motion in the picture was key when she was transferring it from photo to canvas.
In the end, “Wooden Stallion” was sold at the National Art Honors Society’s Annual Art Auction (for which the piece was created) to benefit Amanda’s Easel, an art therapy organization that helps children victims of domestic abuse. Hopefully, by the end of her final year at RBR, Amber’s collection will come to a magnificent close, expressing the energy and color of a childhood spent in joy, including positive, glowing, rich pieces such as “Wooden Stallion” – which benefited both an organization in need and brightened the days of those who had the pleasure of viewing such a wonderful painting.
Creative Writing Corner — Through Windows
By Jeanne Landers
It’s eleven thirty-eight. The droplets of rain that cling to the cold glass of the outside windows scurry closer to the ground. Then the cycle will continue… evaporation, condensation… until those drops give us, looking from behind the windows, precipitation.
It’s dark outside and the frost of the late night on the outside windows details just how frigid it is tonight. I feel the iciness of the December air run through my spine as I study those drops. It’s a funny thing… rain. Some droplets cannot reach the bottom of wherever it is they’re going to fall soon enough. Others cling to the glass they’ve fallen upon for longer than I’ve stayed to watch. It is almost as if the rebirth of rain and the lessening to mere vapor is something these mindless droplets are already aware of… and they’re trying, holding on as much as it is scientifically possible, to avoid succumbing to what they were predetermined to be. They don’t want to fade away to become rain again. Those minuscule collections of water, pure and so wholly a part of the earth, do not want to become anything less than what they are at their peak… what it is they are in this moment.
I stare, into the dark of the night through my bedroom window, only the slight luminescence of the street lamp revealing the droplets of rain. I see they have mixed feelings. Some want nothing more than to see what is beneath them, and what awaits them. Others hang on because they do not want to undergo condensation and evaporation.
Why is the Fashion Elective So Important in My Life?
By Alana Sardo, Fashion Column Writer
This article is a sneak peek into my life and experience with the fashion elective. Let me start off by saying this: electives are one of the most important classes in high school. Luckily for RBR students, we have an array of creative electives that help mold and shape our minds. Being a senior at RBR I know this firsthand.
At the beginning of my high school career, I thought I had my life all figured out. I thought I wanted to become a psychologist. I was so fixated on becoming what others deem strictly as a “scholastic” profession that I took IB classes to help insure my spot in a field like psychology. By my junior year, I felt something was wrong. Although I have always been a “good academic” student, I didn’t feel fulfilled. I would listen to my peers’ stories about how they wanted to be doctors or other professions that were wonderful choices for them but just not suited for me. I tried so had to fit into what many call a perfect-student mold. For so long, I suppressed all my natural creativity to become what others wanted me to become.
By the end of my junior year, I knew that I had to break free from this ridiculous notion. I started off my senior year with all academic classes and I knew that something was missing. I had to make a change and so I switched into the fashion class because it was something I loved. I fought hard to become a part of the fashion class. I had to convince many people. Even though I started a month late, I made it happen. Becoming a part of Mrs. Malik’s fashion class opened my eyes to so many things. Her class has prepared me for all the obstacles I will have to face when becoming a part of this hard, but fabulous career.
I learned so much from Mrs. Malik’s class in just a few short months. My creative ability is at a new high; I am drawing things I never knew I could draw. My senses are so much sharper now. Mrs. Malik’s unique style of teaching is what really allows students to see the world around them. She shows you what the real world is like. Her class is much more than a fashion class: it’s a life class. It is because of her that I am ready to go out and face college.
My hopes for RBR’s fashion class are big. I truly believe that this class should be part of the VPA; it should be a four-year class. If I had taken fashion all four years of high school, who knows how much more I would have learned. I hope the fashion club returns because it did some amazing things.
This is my advice to all my under classmen, don’t settle for a career path that might not be suited to you. Reach for whatever goals your heart desires the most. Don’t let go and fight for it. Joining the fashion class was the best decision I could have made for my life.
Dont Forget to See 42nd Street! RBR Students Now Admitted Free!
"Come and meet those dancing feet on the avenue I’m taking you to… 42nd Street."
The RBR Theatre Company reprises the iconic, musical, 42nd Street with performances on Thursday, April 3, Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5 at 7 pm. There will be a special matinee performance on Sunday, April 6 at 3 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Red Bank Regional is located at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver, NJ. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved ahead for by calling 732-842-8000, ext. 217.
The Great White Way dictatorial director Julian March will be portrayed by Justin Giegerich of Brielle. Eliana Swartz, Little Silver, portrays Broadway newcomer Peggy Sawyer and Bobby Davis, Shrewsbury, is a show-stomping Billy Lawlor in this story about a Broadway producer struggling to stage a musical in the depths of the Great Depression. Dana Brown, Red Bank, portrays the veteran Broadway star Dorothy Brock. The RBR chorus and dancers round out a high-energy, incredibly entertaining production of the popular David Merrick musical original choreography by Gower Champion.
Dorothy Brock Dana Brown, Union Beach
Peggy Sawyer Eliana Swartz, Little Silver
Maggie Jones Jaclyn Gisondi , Shrewsbury
Anne Reilly Victoria Aumack , Union Beach
Phyllis Dale Alexa DeAnna, Keansburg
Lorraine Flemming Angelina Garavante, Fair Haven
Diane Lorimer Annabel Martin, Little Silver
Ethel Morgan Brunson, Tinton Falls
Julian March Justin Giegerich, Brielle
Bert Barry Patrick Martini, Union Beach
Billy Lawlor Bobby Davis, Shrewsbury
Andi Lee Helen Solomita, Avon by the Sea
Oscar Adam Goldsmith, Little Silver
Mac James Fogerty, Red Bank
Pat Denning Tom Hinz, Allenshurst
Abner Dillon Kevin Lyons, Little Silver
Gladys Brianna Napoli, Interlaken
Cop/Thug Jonah Cuozzo, Little Silver, and Liam Sheehan, Red Bank
Waiters Chase Hintelman, Little Silver, and Andrew Fragale, Shrewsbury
Emma Craven, Brielle; Shurmila Dhar, Little Silver; Grace Giffen, Millstone; Sam Grady, Red Bank; Ashley Houck, Red Bank; Katelyn Johnson, Little Silver; Abigail Joyce, Rumson; Jillian Lamanno, Little Silver; Erin McDowell, Neptune City; Amanda Strydio, Keansburg, Aleksandra Van Orden, Union Beach; Victoria White, Union Beach, Madison Zeller, Shrewsbury; Danielle Zito, Wall; Jose Rojas; Red Bank
National Art Honors Society Hosts its Annual Art Auction
By Cassie Jain, Features Editor and Managing Editor
On February 28, RBR’s National Art Honors Society (NAHS) held its annual art auction, entitled “Art for Heart’s Sake.” This year’s auction benefitted Amanda’s Easel, a charity which provides children and non-offending parents with a safe place and means to recover and deal with domestic violence.
With an “Arabian Nights” theme, the National Art Honors Society transformed the Media Center into an Arabic space, with window decorations, draping canopies of colored silk, and, most importantly, a gallery for their own created artwork. Thanks to over forty beautiful creations of artwork by the members of NAHS, the auction raised over $2,000, the majority of which was donated to Amanda’s Easel.
Explosion in East Harlem
By Amy Cavallo
On March 12, a gas leak sparked an explosion near the Metro-North train tracks in Harlem. The explosion triggered the collapse of two buildings in the vicinity on Park Avenue between 116 and 117 Street. The buildings then burst into flames and firefighters from the New York City Fire Department were quickly on the scene attempting to extinguish the five-alarm blaze. Local hospitals reported treating over 70 people with injuries from the collapse and the FDNY reported treating 27 injured people on the scene. Videos were released showing the panic of the area as residents ran from the burning building, some without shoes and some stumbling and tripping over smoky debris.
New York officials claimed that there had been little to no warning of the impending explosion, with no records of any gas leaks at or near the site of the explosion. The only indication, they said, was a few calls to the local police complaining of a gas odor less than twenty minutes prior to the explosion. However, residents of the collapsed apartment buildings, as well as the buildings surrounding them, said that they’d been complaining about the smell for months and had suspected a gas leak nearby.
The combined force from the explosion and building collapses was great enough to send seismic waves to seismic earthquake detection stations nearby. Some described the pillar of smoke emitted from the scene as similar to the smoke scene after the tragic event of 9/11.In total, nine people perished in the building collapse.
Editorial: Texas’s Anti-Abortion Law Goes Too Far
By Courtney Ravelo, Co-Editor In Chief
On November 26, 2013, Marlise Munoz’s husband, Erick, found her unresponsive on their kitchen floor. He rushed her to the nearby hospital where, soon after, she was pronounced dead. She was only 33 years old, and at the time fourteen-weeks pregnant. The reason for her death was never certified, but most physicians believed she died of a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in one of her lungs.
When Erick Munoz took his wife to John Peter Smith Hospital in Texas, he was told that, due to Texas’s strict anti-abortion laws, they would have to keep Marlise’s body alive on life support until the fetus growing inside of her was ready to be born months later.
Marlise’s husband and parents were appalled and horrified. This meant that they could not hold a wake or a funeral for Marlise, which also meant no closure for her family. They were stuck watching her body wither away on a hospital bed while her baby was dying inside of her. Not only did Mr. Munoz lose his wife, but he also lost his potential son or daughter.
Eventually, Erick hired an attorney, Heather King who took this case to court. After several agonizing weeks, District Judge R.H. Wallace in Fort Worth deemed it unlawful to keep a dead woman on life support in order to support a fetus. Doctors examined the baby and realized it was growing insufficiently due to Marlise’s debilitating body. The doctors could not even tell if the baby was a boy or a girl because of how underdeveloped its extremities were. Even the hospital concluded that the baby wasn’t viable as it had been deprived of oxygen for more than one hour.
The case resounded in a victory for Erick and Marlise’s parents, who were relieved when on January 27, 2014, at 5 p.m. Marlise’s body was taken off life support. Hopefully, Erick, Marlise, and Marlise’s parents can now be in peace.
PSA: Relay For Life: — A Night Where Laughs are Shared and Memories are Made.
By Elisa Orsini
Relay For Life is a night where people come together and remember those that they lost to cancer and to recognize and support those that are currently fighting their own battle with cancer. Family and friends all come together to prepare for this exceptional night and fundraise for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The American Cancer Society does more than just raise money for cancer research. The ACS provides cancer patients with transportation to treatment, gives patients a free place to stay when they have to travel far for treatment, provides patients with wigs, and overall eases patients’ fears while they are going through this very tough time.
This is the sixth year RBR has hosted the Relay For Life which takes places on May 16th and 17th, on the Red Bank Regional Track under the lights. It is truly an unforgettable night! Please join us to walk around the track for this 24-hour event because cancer never sleeps and neither will we.
With your help, we could find the cure to cancer once and for all. You can make a donation or learn more information on the Relay For Life website. If you want to get involved in Relay For Life this year, gather up some family and friends and create a team here:
Upcoming Team meetings: (Open To Everyone)
April 23rd, 7:00pm @ RBR High School Commons Area
Club Creates Display on Day in American History that Changed the World
By Ella Brockway
On November 1, 2013, Smithsonian Magazine published a list of “101 Objects that Made America”. The objects on this list included everything from the first pieces of gold discovered in California to Michael Jackson’s original Thriller album. Included on the list was a wooden postmark stamp recovered from the USS Oklahoma, one of the US battleships that was sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The date on the stamp reads December 6, 1941, PM, just a short time before the history of the world was forever changed as America entered World War II. This was not only an object that represented a vital piece of American history, but it also was a piece of inspiration for the Red Bank Regional High School History Club’s smaller scale, but impressive and thought provoking World War II display. (The display is located opposite to the Media Center entrance.)
After reading Smithsonian’s article on influential objects in American history, RBR History Club advisors and history teachers Roxanne Judice and Kyle Waltz had an idea.
“Mr. Waltz and I just thought that the idea of little items making an impact was neat,” Ms. Judice states.
So they worked with what they had—a topic, the coming anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an empty display case in a busy area of the school, and a club full of helpful and cooperative students fascinated by history. Their intention was to create a display that could give passing-by students a quick visual history and increase their knowledge of Pearl Harbor and of WWII.
In his speech reacting to the events of the previous day, U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt summed up the Pearl Harbor attack in just a few words: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941, – a date which will live in infamy.” The artifacts in this display prove the power and accuracy in this statement, beginning with the newspaper reproductions of issues from December 8, 1941. Brought back from the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii by Ms. Judice, the newspapers include the “War Extra” edition of the Baltimore News Post, and the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Junior student Andrew Koenig brought in an ammunition case, which provides the base for an M1 helmet, contributed by Mr. Waltz , which was worn by typical soldiers of the marines, air force and army. The display also depicts a different side of World War II, in which everyday people were affected as well. Envelopes with American propaganda are also featured in the display, as well as small blue books of French phrases that were used by soldiers stationed in Africa and Europe, provided by Ms. Judice’s uncle, Korean War veteran Nunzio D’Agostino.
The Club’s members summarized their efforts with the following:
“On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese, prompting US involvement in World War II. Four years of battle left a scar on the people and American culture. Its documentation is an integral part of our history and should be remembered each year. This year, the History Club dedicates this display to those involved in World War II.”
The History Club at Red Bank Regional was created a few years ago by students who enjoyed history and wanted to explore in depth the topics they were learning in class.
Five Questions: MLB Preview
By Jack McLoone, Sports Co-Editor
My previews with The Buccaneer have become rather – infamous – for both their length and general unreliability. So for this year’s MLB season, I’ve decided to shake it up. Instead of picking through every team, I’ll present five questions that I think are the most pressing on the season, and then try to answer them to the best of my ability.
1.Will money buy wins?
The generally accepted dollar amount is about $7 million dollars, based on data using player contracts and WAR (Wins Above Replacement level players). With a 10-year, $240 million contract, the Seattle Mariners are banking on superstar Robinson Cano averaging 3.4 wins a season. But without much around him, did the Mariners do enough to compete in the heavy AL West? My initial thoughts are no. Another team that spent money is the team that lost Cano, the Yankees. They threw money at past-his- prime Carlos Beltran, but also made solid signings with Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury. Their biggest move, however, was signing Japanese pitching-phenom Mashairo Tanaka for seven years and $155 million, despite him never having pitched an inning in the MLB. The Oakland Athletics have shown, year after year, that you don’t need to throw hundreds of millions of dollars around to build a winning baseball team, but still teams do. Will it pan out? We’ll find out in October.
2.Yasiel Being Yasiel?
The Dodgers could possibly have a huge problem on their hands with Yasiel Puig. While the 22-year old made a huge splash after debuting with Los Angeles last year, he often made foolish mistakes both on the field and off. Whether it was being caught on the base paths or caught driving under the influence, Puig was always in the news, whether it be for another amazing play or another dumbfounding mistake. These highs and lows are starting to resemble another outfielder, Manny Ramirez, who is remembered for his antics just as much as his remarkable play. But with reports surfacing today making it seem as though Dodgers manager Don Mattignly is fed up with Puig’s immaturity, will we be able to see his play on the field much longer while also enjoying the childlike abandon he plays it with?
3.Will young pitching continue to pan out?
Last year featured some of the most impressive rookie pitching performances since Henry Rowengarter with the Cubs in Rookie of the Year. One standout was Michael Wacha of the St. Louis Cardinals. He closed the season by almost throwing a no-hitter, and continued to dominate in the playoffs. The Cardinals also had Shelby Millerand Trevor Rosenthal pitch spectacularly. The Mets had Matt Harvey step up as an ace, but will not have him this season, as he needed Tommy John surgery. Gerrit Cole was crucial to the Pirates making the playoffs for the first time since 1993. Hyun-Jin Ryu quietly made a splash with the Dodgers, but was altogether dominant. Julio Teheran of the Braves was already named their Opening Day starter this year. Chris Archer of the Rays was so good that they are debating trading away David Price. Oh, and a guy by the name of Jose Fernandez of the Marlins won NL Rookie of the Year, and could have won the Cy Young too if it wasn’t for Clayton Kershaw. All of these guys have the potential to be dominant pitchers for the next ten years or more, and seeing them get even better next year should be breathtaking.
4.Will Miggy’s reign end?
The past two seasons have been the Miguel Cabrera Show in the American League. However, his reign may be coming to an end thanks to the Tigers dealing Prince Fielder to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler. Before becoming a part of the Tigers organization, Fielder batted behind Ryan Braun when he won his MVP award with the Brewers. He came to the Tigers for two years to bat behind Miggy and won two MVP awards. So maybe now Adrian Beltre wins it? The more likely player to receive AL MVP, however, is Angels centerfielder Mike Trout, who has finished behind Cabrera these past two years, and many think he should have one the past two years to begin with. While Miggy will continue to be himself (amazing hitting and paltry defense), Trout is inexplicably always able to improve, and I would not be surprised if he made the leap to MVP this year.
5.Who will win the World Series?
I can’t express how badly I want to say the Tigers will win the World Series this will. And in all honestly, I think they can, or could if things had gone a little differently already, what with the inexplicable Doug Fister trade and Jose Iglesias’s stress fractures in his shins. However, while as a fan I think they can still make a run at the World Series, I think this year goes to the Dodgers. They played some of the most inspired baseball I’ve ever seen after the All-Star break last year, and I think there’s a chance they could continue the magic this year. They have an abundance of talented outfielders with Puig, Carl Crawford,Andre Either and, if he is ever healthy, Matt Kemp. Their pitching is off the charts with the best pitcher in the game Clayton Kershaw, followed by Zack Greinke, and Ryu, and a bullpen with Kelsey Jansen and Brian Wilson. Beating this Dodger team just once would take a lot out of a team. Winning a series in October? It may prove impossible.
Jack McLoone (@jfmclooney) spends a ton of time on Twitter tweeting about baseball once the MLB season rolls around. Tune in, you’ll learn something. And laugh. And cry. And cry from laughter. And laugh at your crying. It’s quite the cycle.
Bucs Boys Basketball’s Bounce Back Season
By Keith McIntyre, Sports Co-Editor
As you may remember, last year was a tough season for the RBR boys’ basketball team. After the devastating loss of their only senior, Albert Martin, the Bucs played with heavy hearts which made it difficult to compete at a high level. However, this season was a different story.
Prior to the beginning of the season, the Buccaneers added two transfer students to the squad, Jake Marcin, a junior from Christian Brothers, and Eddie Hendrex, another junior from Monmouth, who had an immediate impact on the team. Led by three seniors, Corey Martin, Jesse Mack, and Johnny Dengler, the Bucs started the season hot and quickly surpassed their win total from last year of four; their main strength— depth. There are so many players that are capable of starting that Coach Martin can easily switch five players out at one time and not have to worry about any drop-off in ability. As the post season was inching closer, everyone knew that they had a chance to do something special.
Down the stretch, the boys started to set their eyes on a sectional title and had their chance when they defeated the Colts Neck Cougars on their own court in the opening round of the state tournament. Sophomore Sadiq Palmer gave the Bucs a shot in the arm with 19 points and 12 boards. Up next was the Number Two Seed Neptune. Suddenly the students began to realize that the team was doing something extraordinary. A palpable excitement filled the hallways of RBR as support came pouring in.
When it came time for the Neptune game, it was obvious that the Scarlet Fliers were no match for the Buc Pride and the boys took home yet another win. Senior sharp-shooter Johnny Dengler buried four 3-pointers and junior Anthony Mitchell added another 12 to the effort. A game at Long Branch was next on the Bucs’ agenda and a huge turn out on the Wave’s home floor had the Buc Deck chanting “Who’s the home team!” A defensive battle ended in a 42-30 victory for Red Bank. Palmer and Dengler led the way with 9 and 8 points respectively. The Buccaneers were headed back to CJ Group 3 State Finals for the first time in six years, and in a big wa!
A very animated fan section, known as the Buc Deck, sought to take the fan section on the road where the Bucs were taking on Trey Lowe and the Number One Seed Blue Devils of Ewing. Thanks to the Athletic Director Del Dal Pra, three buses carried approximately 90 students to Ewing High School for the Championship game that the boys had been dreaming about. Despite the tremendous effort and the massive support from the Buc Deck, the magical season ended at that game.
The surprising Buc run gave the rest of the Shore Conference and the state a taste of what they will see next year. Also, each member should be proud because they know that Albert would have been proud of their amazing performance.
Sadiq Palmer said it best after an exciting buzzer beater for a win over Neptune, “I did it for Albert. Everything I do is for Albert.”
Girls “Baby Bucs” Basketball’s Season to Remember
By Ella Brockway, Buccaneer writer and member of the Buc’s freshman basketball team
Coach Chris Desiere is no stranger to undefeated seasons. As the head girls’ cross country coach, he witnessed the team go undefeated with a 7-0 record and registered the best performance of the RBR fall sports season. However, Desiere now has the unique experience of head coaching not one, but two undefeated teams this year.
In addition to coaching cross-country, Desiere is the head coach of the freshman girls’ basketball team. Despite the obvious differences between the two sports, he does not forget his love of running during the winter season—take it from me, one of his basketball players. There were times during the season where it was questionable whether I was at a cross country or basketball practice. However, Coach Desiere knew from the beginning that it could be a really special season for the freshman girls.
The statistical success of this freshman team began on Saturday, January 4, at their first game against Red Bank Catholic, a team known for regularly enjoying a beat-down on RBR sports. However, that was not the case with this year’s BUC team. The Bucs, or as they were called for the majority of the season by Principal Risa Clay on Twitter, the “Baby Bucs”, defeated the Caseys in a hard-earned, nine-point win. This win was the first time in more than five years that an RBR girls’ basketball team, at any level, had defeated an RBC team. Later in the season, the Bucs went on to defeat the Caseys again, improving their record to 8-0. It was at this point that the girls really started to sense that they could put together something special. Teams from towns that were hour-long bus rides away started calling, proclaiming that they wanted to take on the team that beat RBC. The Bucs battled teams like Manchester Township, Howell, and St. John Vianney, and with each win, they grew closer to their goal of making a name for the future of RBR girls’ basketball.
Freshman girls’ basketball did have a challenging season, even though the stats and scores of some games may not reflect this. If you looked closely at this year’s Baby Bucs, you would see why. With only nine players on their roster, eight for the second half of the year, their games usually featured a small crowd of five-six parents watching, more than half of the team sprinting from court to court between quarters to play in both freshman and JV games, and numerous time-outs, minutes apart, to give the five players on the court their rest when there were no subs. Despite this, these nine freshmen managed it, and created a true season to remember.
And just like that, it was Monday, February 24, and the Baby Bucs had one final game left in their season. They had survived 50-point wins, 10-point close calls, and all of Coach Desiere’s torturous conditioning in practice. In their minds, this was the pay-off for the weekend morning practices and the treacherous bus rides. Their final matchup would be against Brick Memorial, a school from a Shore Conference division known for having successful basketball teams and a student body of 2,000. The Brick Memorial Mustangs were undoubtedly the Bucs’ toughest opponent this season. With their original nine back in the lineup, the Bucs were ready to finish their season with a sixteenth win.
At halftime of this game, the Bucs were trailing for the first time this season. However, this team was always one for encouraging pep talks, and they came out in the second half with a whole new focus. Coming back from eight and nine point deficits, the Bucs were successful and held on long enough for the 33-31 win.
For me, that makeshift locker room (we were in a health classroom) was one of the greatest team celebrations I have ever taken part in. As a whole, this entire season is one that I will personally never forget. We spent just as much time together off the court as a team as we did on the court, whether it was at pasta parties before games or at Wendy’s for a stop on the way home from a far-away game.
Coach Desiere agrees, stating, “Although it was great to go 16-0, it was even nicer to watch the girls do it as a team, with no one caring who scored how many points.”
He adds, “While this group of nine girls did have a reputation in the RBR program for being the group that loved to mess around, be it loud or clowning about, they were able to channel that energy into their play on the court. The best part of the season was seeing all the different personalities mix, and seeing how much the girls really enjoyed each other’s company on and off the court. Sports are meant to be enjoyable. This team really was the perfect blend of competitiveness and fun. I doubt I will ever have another team like it again.”
Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Courtesy of Our Own Culinary Teacher and Chef Peter Roskowinski
4 ounces macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded good quality
1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs, buttered
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions; set aside.
In a large saucepan melt butter.
Add flour mixed with salt and pepper, using a whisk to stir until well blended.
Pour milk and cream in gradually; stirring constantly.
Bring to boiling point and boil 2 minutes (stirring constantly).
Reduce heat and cook (stirring constantly) 10 minutes.
Add shredded cheddar little by little and simmer an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.
Turn off flame.
Add macaroni to the saucepan and toss to coat with the cheese sauce.
Transfer macaroni to a buttered baking dish.
Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
Bake 20 minutes until the top is golden brown.
The Gayla Prom is Coming to RBR
Red Bank Regional’s own Gay-Straight Alliance will be, for the first time, hosting Monmouth County’s fourth annual GSA Prom, or ‘Gayla’. This event will be held on May 30th in the commons, and is open to all high school students from ages 13-19.
The GSA strives to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for LGBTQ youth and their allies; attendees and chaperones must be accepting of all sexual orientations/gender identities. Any suggestions or comments can be directed to the Gay-Straight Alliance’s officers during 2:30pm meetings on Mondays. The entrance fee is $20, payable at the door. Sign up, forms, and details will be announced in April.
Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises: A Beautiful Dream
By Cassie Jain, Features Editor
Recently, famed director Hayao Miyazaki , founder and owner of the Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli, released the English dubbed version of his newest film, The Wind Rises.
Where do I begin with this film?
The plot centers around a ten -year window of aeronautical engineer JiroHorikoshi’s life. The structure of the film follows Jiro through experiments, trials, failures, and successes in his professional career. However, the film is not simply about building airplanes. The Wind Rises is also the love story of Jiro and tuberculosis-stricken Naoko, and of Jiro’s artwork of airplanes. Throughout the film, Jiro struggles to balance his work and personal life. Layered behind Jiro and Naoko’s story is a depiction of Japan in the World War II era and the struggles the Japanese faced during it.
The film has faced some controversy over Miyazaki’s (a strong pacifist) decision to depict Jiro, whose planes bombed Pearl Harbor,in such a romantic light. However, I find this criticism superfluous and irrational, as the Miyazaki’s story is supposed to rebut this view of Jiro. One of the film’s many subtleties is its description of those blamed for war. By showing Jiro as someone who builds airplanes, someone with a lover, someone with stress from work, Miyazaki renders him human again.The way in which Miyazaki subliminally depicts the difficult time Japan faced before and in World War II is fascinating. It is so different than any ideas we, as Americans, associate with Japan during this time. It allows us to see the human struggles of the country, just as we come to see Jiro’s.
Despite that the movie is nonfiction-based, Miyazaki still manages to instill a sense of dream-like wonder throughout the movie, leaving his own stylistic and well-loved mark on the story. Visually, the vibrantly colored, beautiful landscapes and scenery create a sense of an alternate reality, which is both wonderful but not unrealistic. One of my favorite parts of the film, is Miyazaki’s addition to Jiro’s story—the depiction of Jiro’s dreams where he talks and creates airplanes with his inspiration, the Italian WWI aircraft designer Count Giovanni Battista Caproni. Though completely in Jiro’s own head, these visions display the key themes of the film. The way in which Miyazaki weaves the “real world” and these dreams together is effortless, and aids in to bolstering the ideas of the movie.
Jiro may be an engineer, but Miyazaki shows him as an artist. As Caproni tells Jiro, “airplanes are beautiful, cursed dreams.” With the contrast between Jiro’s reverent view of planes’ and their fated use, Miyazaki forces us to ask ourselves, as artists, would we rather never create something we love, or create it knowing its purpose will be tarnished? Combined with Jiro and Naoko’s love, one fated to end in tragedy, Miyazaki depicts the idea of seizing opportunity, learning to create and love wholeheartedly, even if everything is destined to fall apart, as it does for Jiro. Even the movie’s title, The Wind Rises, comes from a line of Paul Valéry’s poem “Le Cimetière Marin,” which is quoted throughout the movie. Miyazaki quotes, “Le vent se lève! Il fauttenter de vivre!” meaning, “The wind is rising! We must try to live.” The theme summed up in this quote is my favorite in the movie.
There are many cool, random sound elements of the film. All the sound effects in the movie, such as the sounds of the planes and the great Tokyo earthquake, are made by human mouths. They sound freakishly like the elements they represent, but at the same time, never lose their human touch, again adding to the sense of parallel reality in the movie. As with the vast majority of Miyazaki’s movies, The Wind Rises’s music score is composed by Joe Hisaishi. His music is indispensable, to the movies, as they perfectly bolster the ideas and images Miyazaki depicts. The music in this film is no exception. My three favorite songs in the movie are the theme song, “The Wind Rises” or “KazeTachinu,” “Journey (Dreamy Flight),” “Naoko (Crossing Paths),” and “Shooting Star.” Their YouTube links are printed below, if you want to listen and I highly recommend you do.
With the release of The Wind Rises, Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement. Though he has “retired” many times before, Miyazaki claims to be serious this time. He explained that at his age he does not believe he has the energy to create another full film, and would rather work with other filmmakers on his Studio Ghibli museum. The film certainly has the feel of a farewell film, with its more serious tone and its focus on an artist’s years of good life and creation. These ideas could easily be converted into the message Miyazaki wants to convey about his own career and what he wants to tell the world. Though I still hope that Miyazaki is simply “retiring” again and will soon be unexpectedly working on another film, his film The Wind Rises is a high note to leave on. A beautiful story and piece of art, I highly recommend The Wind Rises; it is definitely one of my new favorite Miyazaki films.
The Wind Rises Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imtdgdGOB6Q